Although only 19% of the population lives in rural areas, more than 70% of the U.S.’s four million miles of roadways are in rural areas. The rural transportation system also includes numerous airports; railways; inland and coastal waterways; rural and intercity buses; and bicycle, pedestrian, and multi-use paths and trails. In addition, approximately 47% of the nation’s motor vehicle fatalities occur in rural areas.
The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's pre-publication draft of NCHRP Research Report 988: Rural Transportation Issues: Research Roadmap is designed to assist state departments of transportation and other public agencies and help inform policy–driven investment decisions.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1 Background||1-4|
|Chapter 2 Research Approach||5-11|
|Chapter 3 Activities & Findings||12-34|
|Chapter 4 Conclusions & Recommendations||35-48|
|Chapter 5 Implementation||49-52|
|Chapter 6 References||53-53|
|Appendix A Fourteen Fact Sheets||54-133|
|Appendix B Seven Research Needs Statements for Colorado Workshop||134-143|
|Appendix C Annotated Literature Review||144-191|
|Appendix D Rural Transportation Projects in Progress||192-193|
|Appendx E Twenty-Five Research Needs Statements for Panel Ranking||194-236|
|Appendix F Six Original Portfolios||237-319|
|Appendix G Final Fifteen Portfolios||320-425|
|Appendix H Transit Problem Statements||426-439|
|Appendix I Policy Problem Statements||440-454|
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