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A Vital Mobility Link 
PUBLIC TRANSIT'S IMPACT IN 
RURAL AND SMALL TOWNS
Click to download the full APTA-CTAA report, 
Public Transit’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns 
Rural Transit's Importance in the Community
BY THE NUMBERS
17%
50%
33%
Percentage of rural areas that are older persons
(versus 13% in urban areas)
3.55x
491,000
7.8%
While rural America lost nearly half a million residents from 2010 to 2016, rural transit ridership increased by 7.8 percent during that same time period.
IMPORTANT
Over the past two decades, the number of rural and small town transit agencies has increased to more than 1,400. 
Rural Transit
Ridership
Rural
Population
Rural Americans with disabilities take 50% more trips on public transit
One third of American veterans live in rural areas  (2.9 million)
Rural transit's multiplier effect is $3.55 for every $1 invested
People in rural areas have a harder go at it than urban dwellers. An imbalance of resources and trends towards urbanization make rural transit even more essential.
$44,212
$58,260
Average Income 
Rural
Urban
Rate of Poverty
Rural
Urban
Healthcare Costs
(Median annual expenses / out-of-pocket costs)
Rural
Urban
As rural isolation and economic imbalance increase, so too does the need for rural mobility options. Rural transit offers a means to overcome these challenges and reduce societal costs by connecting people with employment, healthcare, education and other resources.  
INEQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
12%
$418/23%
15%
$434/29%