This paper provides a contemplative description of the future of rural public transportation. It considers emerging technologies along with their long-term implications and corresponding impacts on rural communities. The authors used their collective knowledge to identify key drivers of change in rural areas. As a result, the authors expect the future definition of rural areas to change and a new geographical classification to emerge. This classification is a continuum of population density gradient from highly populated urban areas to sparsely populated areas. The paper also suggests that automated vehicles and hologram telecommuting could dominate the U.S. transportation industry, even in rural settings.
Hough, Jill & Rahim Taleqani, Ali.
Future of Rural Transit.
Journal of Public Transportation, 21 (1): 31-42.
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