Table 7 - Rural Access to Commercial Intercity Transportation by Census Division

Table 7 - Rural Access to Commercial Intercity Transportation by Census Division

Percent of rural population within the coverage area of each mode

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Census Bureau Division (except as noted) States Included Rural Population Rail Air Bus Intercity Ferry Any Mode One Mode Only All Three Modes
New England CT/ME/MA/NH/RI/VT 3,611,665 65.8% 81.4% 91.9% 0.0% 94.2% 10.1% 61.0%
North Atlantic NJ/NY/PA 7,942,997 53.8% 84.1% 97.8% 0.0% 99.5% 10.9% 47.7%
South Atlantic DE/FL/GA/MD/NC/SC/VA/WV 17,719,984 50.5% 75.3% 93.1% 0.0% 96.2% 17.2% 43.6%
Northeast Corridor CT/DE/MA/MD/ NJ/NY/PA/RI 10,956,473 58.7% 87.5% 97.4% 0.0% 99.6% 9.3% 53.8%
East North Central IL/IN/MI/OH/WI 13,430,581 45.6% 77.1% 89.6% 0.0% 95.4% 14.1% 36.6%
West North Central IA/KS/MN/MO/ NB/ND/SD 8,189,424 25.3% 52.7% 75.2% 0.0% 81.3% 30.9% 18.0%
East South Central AL/KY/MS/TN 8,989,199 19.8% 52.8% 87.9% 0.0% 91.0% 32.8% 11.4%
West South Central AR/LA/OK/TX 10,386,799 31.8% 63.2% 88.9% 0.0% 91.1% 24.7% 26.4%
Mountain AZ/CO/ID/MT/NV/NM/UT/WY 4,962,904 25.0% 63.4% 77.5% 0.0% 84.7% 22.2% 18.8%
Pacific(Mainland) CA/OR/WA 6,477,035 66.6% 82.7% 92.7% 0.5% 95.5% 12.6% 63.1%
  Alaska 305,546 41.1% 87.9% N/A 15.4% 91.3% 27.4% N/A
  Hawaii 363,545 N/A 97.6% N/A 0.0% 97.6% 97.6% N/A

NOTE: For this analysis BTS has considered Alaska and Hawaii separately from the Mainland portion of the Census Bureau Pacific Division. The Northeast Corridor Division is not a Census Bureau division, but was created for this study due to the importance of these states as a single transportation corridor. The Northeast Corridor overlaps portions of the New England and South Atlantic Divisions and all of the North Atlantic Division.

NOTE: Although Alaska and Washington State are served by four modes, a four mode figure is not deemed to be a relevant access measure due to the geographically limited nature of intercity ferry services.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Jan. 15, 2003 analysis of the U.S. rail, air, and bus network, as updated August 18, 2004.