Travel Training Options Help Take the Pressure off Paratransit Services

As needs grow, costs rise, and revenues shrink, it is harder to provide adequate paratransit services in many communities. To relieve the pressure, transit agencies are enhancing travel-training programs, adding more flexible bus routes, and other options in order to provide service to seniors and people with disabilities who could transition to less reliance on paratransit. The author describes changes taking place in Portland, Oregon where the transit agency, TriMet, has established new eligibility processes, including in-person interviews, for paratransit applicants. New mobility centers allow the agency to test applicants for ease of boarding and walking to bus stops. The author describes additional programs used by the Phoenix-based Valley Metro and the Utah transit authority.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 50-54
  • Serial:
    • Metro Magazine
    • Volume: 107
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Metro Magazine

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01342643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 8 2011 6:27PM