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Title:Rural Transit Fact Book, 2021
Authors:Jeremy Mattson and Dilip Mistry
Publication Date:May 2021
TRID #:01774780
Keywords:demographics, financing, operating costs, performance measurement, public transit, ridership, rural areas, rural transit, travel behavior, trend (statistics), vehicle fleets
Type:Research Report


The Rural Transit Fact Book serves as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. This publication includes rural demographic and travel behavior data as well as financial and operating statistics 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 data presented in this report were obtained from the Rural National Transit Database (NTD). The 2011 edition of the Rural Transit Fact Book was the first published by SURTC/SURCOM and included Rural NTD data for 2007-2009. Since 2011, updates have been made to the book to provide updated data. The 2021 edition includes 2019 data from the NTD as well as additional data from the American Community Survey and National Household Travel Survey.

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