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Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns

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The American Public Transportation Association has released the report Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns (PDF).  According to the researchers, small town and rural public transit ridership increased nearly eight percent from 2007 to 2015. Transit serves an important mobility service, especially for the older adults, veterans, and people with disabilities who have the highest public transit use in rural and small town areas. The report also outlines how public transit can assist people with limited incomes by reducing travel expenditures compared to owning a vehicle, and that rural transit can connect non-driving residents with local businesses and jobs.  Learn more about the report and access it here.

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