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APTA Report Shows Value of Public Transportation to Rural Communities

While the rural population in the U.S. declined by more than half a million people from 2007 to 2015, public transit ridership in rural and small-town areas increased nearly 8 percent over the same period, according to a new APTA study, Public Transit’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns.

The report notes that public transit’s affordability and the demographic makeup of rural and small-town communities combine to make public transit increasingly desirable in these areas. Rural and small-town households spend nearly 7 percent more of their budgets on transportation than urban households.

By examining current trends, the report reveals the critical connection between public transit and rural communities and small towns. It also looks at rural public transit cost efficiency and describes successful examples of smaller community public transit programs.

Click here to view the report and an accompanying video.
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