Public Transit Information

TTROUTOct2012 015he Rural Overland Utility Transit (TROUT)
 is an organization dedicated to providing industry executives, academia and clients with  market intelligence, and news and media highlights for rural public transit. TROUT is committed to providing industry executives and clients with an organized voice on issues and events of importance in this growing sector.



The Library includes white papers and published reports on rural public transit.

At Trout we aim to stay a head of the curve and by helping others as we pioneer our way building our own rural public transit system. We are collecting and building this library of resources for us and you to learn from best practices as well as share our own.

Report to Municipalities Fall 2012
For The Rural and Overland Utility Transit Report to Municipalities click here

Equitable Access: Remote and Rural Communities ‘Transport Needs’
London, Peter WHITE University of Westminster, UK(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member countries. It acts as a strategic think tank with the objective of helping shape the transport policy agenda on a global level and ensuring that it contributes to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The International Transport Forum organizes an annual summit of Ministers along with leading representatives from industry, civil society and academia.
Keywords: London, rural public transit, transport policy, UK
Rural Transit Planning Guidelines - Halifax
(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: 1. Introduction Transit service in rural communities can require a range of services to meet the needs of residents who may have differing travel requirements in a sparsely populated area. Similarly, suburban areas of smaller, remote municipalities, which are more densely populated, may also require alternatives to traditional fixed-route service methods to provide transit service to meet the needs of residents. There are many parallels between the needs of the rural and suburban commuters, and it is possible to develop a service that is efficient and effectively meets the needs of commuters through innovative service designs.
Keywords: Halifax, rural public transportation, transit
Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Rural Public Transportation Transportation Research Board National Research
(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: The nation's growth and the need to meet mobility, environmental, and energy objectives place demands on public transit systems. Current systems, some of which are old and in need of upgrading, must expand service area, increase service frequency, and improve efficiency to serve these demands. Research is necessary to solve operating problems, to adapt appropriate new technologies from other industries, and to introduce innovations into the transit industry. The Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) serves as one of the principal means by which the transit industry can develop innovative near-term solutions to meet demands placed on it.
Keywords: economics, research, rural transportaion, technologies
Eric Marr(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: In virtually all rural areas in Ontario the limited transportation alternatives means that rural residents without access to a personal vehicle are at great risk of transportation disadvantage. The primary research method for this research involved testing a transportation disadvantage framework using fourteen Key Informant Interviews undertaken with service providers operating within the case study of Huron County. The research found that residents within five demographic groups are at risk of transportation disadvantage within Huron County: older adults, those with physical or mental disabilities, youth, low-income households, and women. The research confirmed that transportation disadvantage exists on a continuum with some groups more disadvantaged than others, but also within groups with some accessibility needs more attainable than others. The research concludes with suggestions for a public transportation system to improve unmet transportation needs in Huron County along with recommendations for improving transportation access within the county.
Keywords: ontario, rural public transportation
Transportation alternatives for rural seniors in New Brunswick, Canada: Issues, policy implications and research needs
Department of Civil Engineering, Trevor R. Hanson. PhD Candidate, University of New Brunswick(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: A review of the literature relating to rural older people and transportation suggests there is a disconnect between the transportation needs of rural older people and the transportation available or provided to them, especially in the context of those who have curtailed driving or are no longer licensed. While numerous services claim to serve rural transportation interests, little research has closely examined the availability and type of the services relative to the transportation needs of rural seniors. Selected local and intercity transportation operators in New Brunswick, Canada (population 730,000) were identified, profiled and interviewed to explore issues relating to service uptake by rural seniors, including policy implications and research needs. New Brunswick was used as a case study given its substantial rural population (50% of the population), when compared to Canada as a whole (20% of the population is rural) (1).
Keywords: public transportation, rural transit
Case Studies on Transit and Livable Communities in Rural and Small Town America
Sean Barry(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: This collection of 12 case studies provides examples of how small cities, towns and rural regions across the country are transforming themselves into more livable communities. While some of these communities face formidable threats – from job losses and shrinking populations to disappearing farmland and strained resources – their leaders have forged collaborations and created plans that are growing economies, benefiting people and protecting the land and lifestyles treasured by residents and non-residents alike.
Keywords: communities, rural transportation, towns case study
Rural Transportation Issues and Strategies - Queen's School of Business
Kevin Majkut(February 12, 2013)
Download: download Open | Download
Summary: This knowledge synthesis is part of the Monieson Centre’s Knowledge Impact in Society (KIS) Project, a three‐year endeavour to connect academic knowledge with economic development needs in Eastern Ontario. The synthesis is an accessible presentation of the latest research on issues affecting rural Eastern Ontario. The knowledge synthesis topics were determined through information gathered at 15 community workshops run in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation network. The KIS Project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. For more information, visit
Categories: About the Trout