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Publication Date

Spring 2012

Program Name

Mongolia: Geopolitics and the Environment


The purpose of my ISP was to partake in an experiential study of the Mongolian transit system. In order to do this, I opted to travel the countryside by bus for two weeks. Portions of this paper provide a narrative account of my travels and details the intricacies of countryside transit. While on the road, I also tracked the prices of various items throughout the country and here provide information as to their transport-related fluctuations. In one chapter, I provide projected data about an improved road system to replace Mongolia’s current setup, using the specifics of an American highway to reduce travel times and costs. I then provide information regarding and analysis of Mongolia’s current efforts to reform its transit system. For a laugh, read the first part. For some pretty interesting information about the transit system and its future, read the second part.


Rural Sociology | Transportation