Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility

2013 Rural Transit Fact Book Published

SURTC has published its 2013 edition of the Rural Transit Fact Book. This publication is intended to serve as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. Information on transit service availability and cost is necessary to efficiently and effectively meet rural community mobility needs. Financial and operating statistics can be used by agency managers, local decision makers, state directors, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and lawmakers to assist in policy making, planning, managing operations, and evaluating performance.

This publication includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial, operating, and fleet statistics and performance measures for agencies receiving section 5311 funding. In addition to national level data, statistics are presented by state, FTA region, tribe, and mode, as well as other agency characteristics.

The Rural Transit Fact Book presents agency level data from the Rural National Transit Database (NTD) and rural demographic and travel data from the American Community Survey and the National Household Travel Survey.

The publication can be downloaded from the SURTC website. For more information, or if you are interested in receiving a hard copy, contact Jeremy Mattson at


  1. Terry Turner
    Oct 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I am CVSO for Starke County in Indiana. Our area population is to dense to have qulaified for the rural transit grants. It is also the second poorest county in the state. Many of our veterans have problems reaching th nearest clinics in South Bend, Lafayette and Crown Point.

    We don not have a DAV van to carry vets to the clinics, unlike other surrounding counties.

    Is there any other revnue streams available to acquire a van for our county?

  2. JWM
    Oct 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Hi Terry. I know some veteran organizations coordinate with local public transportation or their local council on aging for veteran rides, but I'm guessing the nearest clinics are outside the service area of your local transit system. I would recommend contacting the local transit system and the DOT to see if you would be eligible for a 5310 vehicle.

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