New Mobility Opportunities in a Rural Context

University Montana State University
Principal InvestigatorsNatalie Villwock-Witte
PI Contact Information
• (505) 340-3570,

Western Transportation Institute
Montana State University
PO Box 174250, Bozeman, MT 59717

Funding Source(s) (Amounts provided by each agency or organization)

Small Urban and Rural Livability Center – SURLC UTC

Total Project Cost $35,001
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End DateDec 2018


Brief Description of Research Project

Shared automobile services such as Uber and Lyft are becoming more popular in urban areas. However, these transportation options may also be appealing in rural areas, especially to people with limited mobility or without a personal vehicle. Recently, companies like Liberty and Chariot have begun offering ridesharing services in rural areas. This project will explore the components of ridesharing business models and how they relate to rural applications. The project will also include a case study of current ridesharing providers in rural areas to look at implementation challenges and opportunities.

Implementation of Research Outcomes (or why not implemented) 
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Web LinksNew Mobility Opportunities in a Rural Context