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Rural Transportation

The following are related resources for accessible transportation services in rural areas.

Easter Seals Project ACTION offers resources and publications on transportation in rural communities in our Resource Library:


Expanding Mobility Options for Persons with Disabilities: A Practitioner's Guide to Community Based Transportation Planning- Developed collaboratively by ESPA and the Community Transportation Association of America, provides a model approach for community-based transportation planning based on a review of common elements in the experiences of 13 communities across the U.S. Downloadable in the Resource Library.

Rural Transportation Topic Guide Series Introduction - ESPA, the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) and the National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) are collaborating on a rural topic guide series that includes an introductory overview of recent rural population and economic statistics for rural areas in the U.S.

Rural Transportation Topic Guide Series Topic Guide #1: Needs Assessment – Assessing the Need for New Accessible Transportation Service in Rural Communities
 - Sponsored by ESPA, Topic Guide #1: Needs Assessments, draws from three models from the eastern and western U.S. (upstate New York, Connecticut and northern California), and provides examples of how communities can approach needs assessments, determine gaps in service and involve representatives from the community during the process.

Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities (*.PDF), a report from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Transportation Services for People with Disabilities in Rural and Small Urban Communities - Identifies issues and presents innovative and effective solutions in meeting transportation needs of people with disabilities in rural and small urban areas.

The Community Inclusion Driver Strategy: Assisting People with Disabilities Living in Rural Areas in Finding Personal Transportation - Considers how rural transportation providers can act as brokers between people with disabilities seeking rides and independent drivers who can supply them.

Technical Assistance Centers

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) - A national network of rural centers for independent living and other organizations and individuals concerned with the unique aspects of rural independent living. APRIL promotes independence and strive for full rights and benefits for individuals with disabilities living in rural communities.

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) at the University of Montana - Established in 1988, the RTC focuses on issues of importance to rural Americans with disabilities, including transportation, employment, health & housing, and communications.

National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) - A program of the Federal Transit Administration administered by the Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association, RTAP provides a range of services to transit professionals in rural and small urban areas across the country.

Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) - Is a national, professional membership association of organizations and individuals committed to removing barriers to isolation and to improving mobility for all people. CTAA offers resources on a variety of topics, including rural and tribal transportation.

Easter Seals Project ACTION presents these links to other sites in an effort to help users locate relevant and useful information. We cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by the sites. Linking to another site does not mean a site or product endorsement by Easter Seals Project ACTION.



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