Rural transport problem

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Pinghe County local bus no. 2 on its hourly trip from Xiaoxi Town to Xiazhai Town, via numerous intermediate villages. Fujian Province, China

The rural transport problem refers to difficulties experienced in providing transport links to rural communities. Low rural population density makes viable public transport difficult, though people in rural areas usually have a greater need for transport than urban dwellers. High levels of car ownership can diminish the problem, but certain rural groups (the young, old or poor) always require public transport. Increasing car ownership may put pressure on existing rural public transport, prompting a diminished service, which in turn encourages even higher car ownership, creating a vicious circle of public transport decline.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brian Hoyle and Richard Knowles, Modern Transport Geography, John Wiley and Sons, 2001