Addressing 'Transit Deserts' with Microtransit

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what a "transit desert" is and how state, local, and federal policies have helped to create them.
  • Discover how microtransit is different from micromobility, and how it can be used to solve the "transit desert" problem.
  • Explore industry best practices in transit planning to help determine what type of microtransit is best for you.


Microtransit is revolutionizing mobility across the nation. Explore multiple case studies and first-hand experience to learn how this innovative mobility solution can address the needs of transit deserts in urban, rural, and suburban communities. Discover how access to mobility exacerbates inequity, and the role public policy and community design play in generating transit deserts. How do age, income, and ability impact access to transportation? Hear about myriad microtransit models currently in development, and learn about recent successful solutions from across the country. Get tips, resources, and tools planners need to launch a successful microtransit program, including start-up costs, operational factors, long-term funding strategies, and education and promotion tactics. Get insight into common barriers and challenges to implementing microtransit and important considerations for providing service in low-income and minority communities.

At least 30 percent of the population cannot drive or does not have access to an automobile. Automobile dependence is one of the most obvious contributors to inequity and one of the biggest barriers to opportunity. Innovative transit solutions like microtransit have the potential to create more equitable and inclusive environments.