National Transit Database for Georgia's Rural Transit Systems

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Aselia Urmanbetova
Pat McCarthy


Jeremy Herring
Zachary Lancaster
Anna Nord

The National Transit Database (NTD) is the primary source for information and statistics on the transit systems of the United States. The State of Georgia and more specifically, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) as a recipient of funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is required to report service and financial data for all rural transit systems in Georgia that receive Section 5311 funds on an annual basis. The large and diverse number of entities reporting necessitates the need for quality controls in the data collection process. There may be opportunities to automate the data collection process, and adapt best practices from other states for Georgia’s 5311 reporting requirements.

As part of this project, Georgia Tech researchers will work with GDOT to collect data required to fulfill NTD reporting requirements for 5311 rural transit systems in Georgia. After completing a reporting cycle, the Georgia Tech researchers will identify NTD reporting best practices from other states and develop recommendations for how GDOT can incorporate best practices from other states into Georgia's NTD data collection and validation processes.

The data collected for this project will enable students to investigate a variety of research questions.  For example:  How do delays in the delivery of new service vehicles impact service reliability?  What are key drivers of high year-over-year variances in revenue miles, passenger miles, and other system evaluation metrics?  What are the primary demand drivers for rural public transit? Do the same drivers affect rural public and small urban public transit systems and is the effect the same? How does rural public transit funding policy (dis)incentivize public transit system operations, capital purchases, and system supply? What are the key determinants of safety in rural transit systems? What factors shape the mix of rural public transit offerings? What role do rural public transit systems have in a community’s economic growth and development?