The National Academies

NCHRP 20-122 [Final]

Rural Transportation Issues: Research Roadmap

  Project Data
Funds: $140,000
Research Agency: Montana State University
Principal Investigator: Jaime Sullivan
Effective Date: 10/9/2018
Completion Date: 3/31/2021

Rural areas in every state experience myriad challenges related directly or indirectly to transportation. These challenges vary among and within states and in the ways transportation can be part of a solution. Air service from rural airports; access to health care; availability of emergency medical services during the Golden Hour after a crash; mobility of the elderly and people with disabilities; the movement of agricultural products to markets; human trafficking; access to high-speed electronic communications; natural disasters; passenger rail services; agency workforce recruitment and retention; and the relationship of transportation to economic development are just a few listed on public agendas. 
The Transportation Research Board Executive Committee’s Subcommittee on Planning and Policy Review (SPPR) noted at its April 2018 meeting:
Rural regional services are transportation services that fall in the middle ground between intercity bus service and rural public transportation. The concept was the topic of a NCHRP report [NCHRP Research Report 861: Best Practices in Rural Regional Mobility] that addressed the role of state transit program policies and regional planning agencies in the development of rural regional services. According to the report, these services improve mobility, employment, and education opportunities; provide access to healthcare and community services; and offer connectivity to the national transportation network.
NCHRP has used research roadmaps to develop research needs statements for a variety of topics, and several new roadmaps are in development.
(1) NCHRP 20-112, A Research Roadmap for Transportation and Public Health https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4151
(2) NCHRP 20-24(98), Connected/Automated Vehicle Research Roadmap for AASHTO https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=3752
(3) NCHRP 20-113, Research Roadmap -- Transformational Technologies (other than CV/AV) https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4152
(4) NCHRP 20-114, Multimodal Freight Transportation Research Roadmap https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4153
(5) ACRP 11-02/Task 30, Research Roadmap in the Area of Design and Construction of Airport Facilities and Infrastructure https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4308
(6) ACRP 11-02/Task 32, Airport Environmental Research Roadmap https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4435
(7) NCHRP 20-59(54), Transportation System Resilience: Research Roadmap and White Papers https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4259
See NCHRP 20-65 for projects of continuing interest to state DOT transit sections at https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=650.
STATUS: Published as NCHRP Research Report 988, Rural Transportation Issues: Research Roadmap.

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