The Swedish national road 34 runs through Ruda connecting the village to E22 and Ålem to the south and Motala in the north. This road provides Ruda with economic stimulation. Many bypassers stop at the only gas station which also provides cooked food and other merchandise. Except for this shop there is also Konsum grocery shop. Kalmar Lans Trafik, the local bus company offer public transportation to and from Ruda.
There is a train track running from Kalmar, through Ruda and eventually to Linköping. At one time the train trafficking the track stopped in Ruda to leave and pick up passengers but this is not longer the case. Today the closest stop is in Högsby. The train station in Ruda is still intact but abandonded.
Ruda once was a thriving industrial town with many shops and industries, including Ruda glass manufacturing factory, an antenna factory and a sawmill. The area where the sawmill once were was for long a sanitary danger for the inhabitants but a project starting in 2007 has cleaned up the area. Today a majority of the inhabitants work in close by larger towns such as Oskarshamn.
Ruda's Records is closing after 57 years of business ; Don Ruda opened the store in 1950 to share his love of music with others
Jun 25, 2007; Ruda's Records isn't just another record store. It's a place where the latest polka record can be bought and Polish...