The purpose of the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center (SURTC) is to increase the mobility of small urban and rural residents through improved public transportation.
This will be accomplished by providing transit stakeholders, users, providers, suppliers, and agencies, with the information, knowledge, and trained human capital that will allow them to take advantage of the latest technology, and better operation and management paradigms.
The objective of SURTC is to develop a Center of Excellence that will address the transportation needs of the public in small urban and rural locations.
The vision of the SURTC is to develop a Center of Excellence that addresses the transportation needs of the public in small urban and rural locations.
The mission of the SURTC is to be a research support and outreach center to assist small urban and rural transit systems and other transit entities by conducting relevant research and offering outreach and training. The Center will provide and facilitate the exchange of information. Special focus will be given to planning, operations, and technologies with an emphasis on "smart solutions" to problems.
As part of the mission, the SURTC will provide an environment to conduct research related to public transportation needs of rural and small urban locations, provide training (and certification) to the transit systems, and provide educational opportunities for transit system employees and individuals seeking to enter the transit field.
The specific goals of SURTC are:
Relationship to UGPTI
SURTC is housed within the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at North Dakota State University. The Institute provides transportation research, education, and service to the state of North Dakota as well as regionally, nationally, and internationally.
SURTC is an extension of UGPTI, focusing on public transportation and the mobility and accessability of residents of small urban and rural locations in the Upper Midwest.