An exploration of rural transportation policies through quantitative selection of case studies

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dc.contributor.author Rearick, Emma Louise
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-21T21:43:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-21T21:43:49Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/35515
dc.description.abstract Personal automobile use is commonly recognized as impacting public health, environmental sustainability, land use, and household expense. Car use is closely tied to car ownership rates, and fewer cars per household could indicate greater utilization of alternative modes of transportation. Most car ownership and active transportation research focuses on urban areas. However, much of the United States remains rural, and different factors may impact car ownership in less-densely populated areas. This research examines car ownership trends in rural counties to identify communities with lower than expected rates of car ownership considering demographic factors. 2,285 counties in the continental United States were identified as rural according to guidelines found in the Agriculture Act of 2014. These counties were grouped into five regions based on U.S. Census Bureau definitions. To identify counties of interest, an Ordinary Least Squares regression was created for each region that incorporated data from the 1990 Decennial Census and 2014 5-year American Community Survey. Two counties from each region were selected and studied for policies that may be correlated with car ownership rates: a county with a lower-than-expected car ownership rate change and a county with a typical car ownership rate change to serve as a control. Local professionals were interviewed and relevant policies summarized. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Rural en_US
dc.subject Automobile ownership en_US
dc.subject Transportation planning en_US
dc.title An exploration of rural transportation policies through quantitative selection of case studies en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional & Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Gregory Newmark en_US
dc.date.published 2017 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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