detailed information about the design implementation and operation of the government's first rural transport experiment in scotland is reported. the experiment comprises an integrated service operated by a 17 seater minibus (the medwyn gypsy) and two postbuses. parts of the minibus route are served on a demand responsive basis. results of surveys carried out prior to the introduction of the experiment and since its commencement are recorded. costs of the experimental service are compared with the costs of the conventional bus services which were previously operating in the area. patronage on the experimental services consists mainly of women and pensioners who do not have a private vehicle belonging to their household. most trips are for shopping and social purposes.(a)

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