Livability entails the factors that create a community's quality of life, including access to transportation, natural resources, educational opportunities, medical care, employment and leisure activities. 


National RTAP Resources 

National RTAP's Technical Brief, Livable Communities: Tips for Designing Transit Services and Infrastructure that Promote Livability, discusses how transportation services can be adapted to build more livable communities in rural areas. 



AARP's Livability Index (search filtered by transportation)

FHWA's Livability Initiative and Livability in Transportation Guidebook

FTA's Livability Web Page and Case Studies

Western Transportation Institute's Small Urban and Rural Livability Center (SURLC)



AARP's What Is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults, 2014, Roadmap to Livability and Transportation Workbook, 2018

APTA's TOD 101: Creating Livable Communities with Transit

FHWA/FTA's Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches that Promote Livability, 2010

International City/County Management Association's (ICMA)/Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

Mountain Plains Consortium's Developing a Livability Program for Indian Reservations: A Methodology and Case Study, 2015

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What's Working, 2015

Reconnecting America/CTAA/Rockefeller Foundation's Putting Transit to Work in Main Street America: How Smaller Cities and Rural Places are Using Transit and Mobility Investments to Strengthen Their Economies and Communities, 2012

SURTC's Transit and Community Livability Report 

Texas A&M Transportation Institute's National Rural Transit Livability Performance Measures, 2013

Transportation for America's report on livability in small towns and rural areas.

Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Exploring Transit’s Contribution to Livability in Rural Communities: Case Study of Valley City, ND, and Dickinson, ND, 2016


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Updated July 5 2018