detailed information about the planning, design and operation of the stair shared hire car service, one of the government's rural transport experiments in scotland, is reported. the experiment involved a shared hire car (a 5-seater saloon), running on tuesdays and thursdays as a demand-responsive feeder service. bus connections were possible from 3 villages to which the shared hire car ran. results of surveys carried out prior to the introduction of the experiment and during its operation are recorded. no other services operated in this area and attention is paid to the new demand and revenue generated on existing public transport by passengers who previously travelled by other modes. most passengers were women, half of whom did not have a private vehicle available during the day. shopping dominated trip purposes.(a)

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