Increasing Access to Transportation in Rural Communities: The Rural Transportation Toolkit

Access to transportation is an enduring challenge in many rural communities. As part of the Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation project, NORC developed the Rural Transportation Toolkit to identify and disseminate promising programs and resources that can increase access to transportation for people living in rural communities.

The toolkit describes promising models in three areas:

  1. Models to improve access to transportation: public transportation, volunteer models, voucher models, coordinated services models, mobility on demand, ridesharing models, connector services, and mobility management

  2. Models to overcome transportation barriers: mobile clinics, telehealth, school and work-place based health, home visiting programs

  3. Models to improve transportation safety or infrastructure: active transportation models, models that increase access to public transportation, road safety models

Methods to develop the toolkit included a literature review and telephone interviews with rural transportation programs and experts in the field of rural transportation. The toolkit also provides implementation considerations for programs, and information about evaluating and sustaining programs.

The Rural Transportation Toolkit is part of a series of Evidence-Based Toolkits developed by the NORC Walsh Center as a strategy to disseminate best practices to rural communities. The NORC Walsh Center has developed toolkits on other rural health topics. The toolkits are housed on the Rural Health Information Hub website.extlink

This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Outreach Tracking and Evaluation Program.