Nearly 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the lack of accessible public transportation is still a major barrier to employment, healthcare access, and other aspects of community participation for people with disabilities. Transportation is critical to maintaining employment and social connections in rural areas. Isolation, which can result from a lack of transportation, contributes to poor physical and mental health.
Though public transportation barriers exist in both urban and rural places, there is a lack of knowledge about how people with disabilities access and use transportation in their rural communities.
The Rural Transportation Options project will begin to compile this knowledge through two different surveys. The first, Exploring Transportation Models and Use, asks the following questions:
- How many rural public transportation users have a disability?
- How is transportation related to an individual’s health and how do they participate in their community?
- Is access to community resources (such as Centers for Independent Living) related to transportation access?
The second survey, Transportation and Community Participation, asks the following questions:
- How does transportation use influence decisions about community participation for people with disabilities living in rural areas?
- What is the relationship between transportation and social capital?
The information gathered from these surveys will begin to develop an evidence-base and policy recommendations to promote transportation development for rural people with disabilities. These results can be used to advocate for improve transportation services and to develop effective policies to increase the availability of accessible transportation services.
- Project dates: 2018-2023
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. 90RTCP0002-01-00
- Principle Staff: Andrew Myers, Lillie Greiman, Rayna Sage, Craig Ravesloot, Bryce Ward
- Related Projects:
- Sept. 28, 2017: “Free rural transportation toolkit now available from APRIL and RTC:Rural“
- Dec. 20, 2017: “Revised Transportation Voucher Toolkit available for FREE“
- June 13, 2019: “RTC:Rural project sets out to explore what types of transportation people in rural areas use.“
- Aug. 22, 2019: “Research Snapshot: Rural Transportation Options.“