Measuring the Economic Benefits of Rural and Small Urban Transit Service in Greater Minnesota

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  06/22/2018


The objective of this research is to measure the economic impact of rural transit services in Minnesota. As transit systems compete for funding at local, state, and federal levels, it is important to identify and quantify, where possible, the impacts that the services have within local communities. Benefits include transportation cost savings to the user, trips that would have been foregone if transit service were not available, local economic activity resulting from transit operations, and other less tangible benefits, such as enabling independence and allowing seniors to age in place. Providing trips to those who otherwise would not be able to travel yields substantial benefits. In particular, by providing medical or work trips to individuals who otherwise would not be able to make those trips, rural transit provides significant benefits to its users and the community.

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