Rural communities in the West Midlands are being asked to help create a plan for the future provision of transport services because funding for many subsidised schemes is running out.
Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands has launched the public consultation because some rural transport projects, currently funded by the Countryside Agency, will come to an end before next April.
AWM said the purpose of the consultation is to help "identify cost effective and sustainable options" for the future.
Provision of rural services, especially in the deregulated bus industry, are a major problem for rural communities and dozens of services in the Midlands could be cut when the CA funding dries up.
The agency has urged local authorities to find new grants for vital bus services in the countryside but Shropshire County Council has said it would be considering the future of 34 routes next year and a number of services in Warwickshire are also currently being reviewed.
Dr Richard Hutchins, skills and sustainable development director at AWM, said: "The aim of the study is to achieve an equitable, community-driven approach to rural transport provision for the future.
"We have finite resources and we need to ensure they are used wisely. We will use the results of the questionnaire as a basis for improvements and I would urge anyone who has a view on rural transport to contribute."
The consultation forms part of a wider study into the future of rural transport schemes. A second phase of the study will involve working with partners to develop and deliver future rural transport and access solutions.
AWM said poor transport in rural areas impacts on training, education and employment and adversely affects the region's economy. A spokesman added: "Dispersed population and low demand can often result in rural areas being served by infrequent public transport or by no public transport at all.
"Owning a car is therefore seen by many as a necessity, but those who are unable to afford a car are left immobile and isolated".
One project that is addressing such problems is the Wheels to Work scheme.
This offers solutions such as the temporary loan of a motorbike to people who have problems getting to work so they can save for their own.