Our objective is to take as broad a view as possible of this "system," without focusing on any particular problem or favoring any point of view. We sought to understand the full range of activities that fall within the purview of community-based transit, to identify and clarify the possible sources of inefficiency, and to develop ways to make the system work better. While our specific recommendations inevitably will tend to address specific problems, our broader intent is to provide a framework for thinking about community-based transit, so that others will have better tools to develop their own solutions to their own problems.
In 2009, SLPP issued a report on the transportation needs of rural communities, focusing on low-income families, students, and seniors:
Itasca County Area Transportation Study
In October 2003, SLPP hosted a day-long conference attended by about 75 Minnesota community-based transit)stakeholders.
Complete final report
Report without appendices
Appendix A: Twin Cities service providers
Appendix B: Provider and user focus group findings
Appendix C: Technology implementation issues
Appendix D: Conference proceedings
The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota first addressed these issues with a series of "listening sessions" with community-based transit stakeholders, leading to a report, "Specialized Transit and Elderly, Disabled, and Families in Poverty Populations," and conference in 2001. Ongoing local interest led to a request from Hennepin County to examine these issues further. The current project has been ongoing since September 2002.
For more information, see Community Transportation.