TRB Webinar: Practices in Rural Regional Mobility: Case Studies and Lessons Learned

September 27, 2018 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM U.S. Eastern
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TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Research Report 861: Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility. The research explores the role of state transit program policies and regional planning agencies in the development of services that fall in the middle ground between intercity bus service and rural public transportation, also known as rural regional services. Transit providers in rural areas are facing increasing calls to link rural areas with services outside their immediate service area. Those who cannot access a private vehicle may need rural regional services to access medical services, employment, shopping, and connections to other modes of transportation.

This webinar will present case studies that exemplify different models for providing rural regional transit services. These case studies illustrate a variety of organizational models, markets served, and funding strategies. They also show successful models and issues in different contexts, including different state transit program policies, population characteristics, and target populations. The presenters will discuss the lessons learned from these case studies in order to provide a checklist for those local transit providers, regional planners, and state transit program managers seeking to identify rural regional mobility needs and develop services in response to those needs.

This webinar is sponsored by the Transit Cooperative Research Program. There is no fee to attend this webinar; however, sign into to view registration information.

Webinar Presenters

  • Fred Fravel, KFH Group
  • Lucinda Shannon, KFH Group

Moderated by: Sue Knapp, KFH Group

Webinar Outline

  1. Overview of the study
    • Research objective
    • Rural regional defined
    • Need for rural regional services
  2. Five myths about rural regional transit services
  3. Case Studies
    • Identification and selection
    • Key characteristics of selected case studies
  4. Lessons Learned
    • State policies that can make a difference
    • Different organizational approaches that work
    • Local champions
    • Multiple markets
    • Appropriate service design
    • Connectivity and user information
    • Creative funding
  5. Developing a rural regional service checklist
  6. Question and answer session

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of rural regional services and recognize the presence of these characteristics in their own situations
  • Apply the lessons learned in the case studies to their own environment and identify potential rural regional services that would meet needs in their service areas
  • Utilize the checklist to develop a local process for assessing rural regional needs and potential service options

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This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits.  Please make sure that you register for this session and log-in using the link that TRB provides to your email account. We use this as your record that you attended this session. TRB only maintains the records of attendees who use their email address to log into the webinar, and cannot verify attendance of individuals who view the webinar without personally logging into the session.

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