This study was performed as part of a series of wheelchair accessible bus implementation. It describes the implementation and early operation of a pilot project of fixed-route, wheelchair accessible bus service. An update of the information contained in this paper is planned in the near future. In 1976, the San Diego Transit Corporation (SDTC), implemented a pilot program to demonstrate the need for a bus wheelchair lift. Two heavily patronized routes were selected for this service. During the first week of the service, ridership averaged slightly less than two trips per day. Shortly thereafter, ridership had dropped to about one person per week. The factors that may explain this include: (1) a lack of advertising of the lift service due to budget constraints; (2) the limited origins and destinations served by wheel chair buses; (3) the difficulty of accessing the bus stops or destinations near the bus stops due to street curbs and hilly terrain; (4) the competition from social service agency transportation services and from the City of San Diego Dial-A-Ride; and (5) the initial unreliability of the service due to late delivery of some of the vehicles and the absence of a back-up vehicle when the lift design improvements were being incorporated. In this study all relevant aspects of the current operation are covered, such as service and equipment, level of service, economics, demand, impacts, attitudes, and implications for transferability. The report also contains Appendix A, which is a Dial-A-Ride Passenger Survey. The conclusion is that the life is workable, and is being continually improved, but that a true measure of handicapped and elderly ridership will not be determined until a major portion of the external travel barriers are removed. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • CASEY, R F
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 50 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178252
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0049-77-8Intrm Rpt., DOT-TSC-UMTA-77-41
  • Contract Numbers: MA-06-0049
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1981 12:00AM