A signature activity of the TRB Committee on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation (AP055) is the National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation. The first Rural Conference was held in 1976, and was held annually until 1979 when it shifted to a biennial offering, held in October of even years.
23rd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation
September 30 - October 3, 2018
Route 1: Planning, Design and Research
The Planning and Design route focuses on research and best practice with particular interest in new and innovative approaches, proven best practice, or recently-completed research on rural and tribal transit and intercity bus transportation planning.
Route 2: Policy, Funding and Finance
The Policy, Funding and Finance route focuses on federal, state and local funding issues of rural and intercity bus transportation.
Route 3: Special Topics on Rural Mobility
The Special Topics on Rural Mobility route addresses the changing face of rural transportation through changes in demographics, economic development efforts, “aging out” of transit managers, new funding sources, innovation and best practice.
Route 4: Rural Transportation in Today’s Operating Environment
The Rural Transportation Operations route focuses on challenges and day-to-day best practices for rural and tribal transit managers, state transit program managers, and community planners.
Route 5: Technology Solutions to Improve Service
Technology solutions to improve service will focus on new developments in providing information, both pre-trip and en route, to passengers, those with special needs, with special destinations, or with challenging connections. Technology solutions for trip planning, fare collection, billing and reporting, vehicle maintenance and tracking and other activities of operating rural and intercity bus service are of interest.
The following is a brief history of past conferences: