Public Transportation: Enhanced Federal Information Sharing on Coordination Could Improve Rural Transit Services, Report to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Document: "Public transportation in rural areas is critical to connecting people to medical services, jobs, education, and shopping. FTA [Federal Transit Administration] allocated about $2.1 billion in formula grants over the last 3 years to support rural and tribal transit. In 2014, GAO [U.S. Government Accountability Office] reported that providing transit services in rural areas can be challenging and that coordination of transportation services among federal programs is limited. GAO was asked to examine ongoing efforts and challenges of coordinating rural transit systems. This report addresses (1) factors affecting rural transit coordination and selected rural and tribal transit providers' coordination efforts and (2) the extent to which FTA facilitates coordination of rural transit services. GAO reviewed program documentation and literature on rural transit coordination. GAO also interviewed federal officials from FTA and the Department of Health and Human Services, which also funds transportation services, and rural transit stakeholders, including state transportation agencies, rural and tribal transit providers, and public transit industry groups. GAO selected states and rural and tribal transit providers based on federal-funding levels and geographic representation, among other factors."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/