THE VALLEY TRANSIT DISTRICT: SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION FOR THE ELDERLY, HANDICAPPED AND LOW-INCOME IN THE LOWER NAUGATUCK VALLEY, CONNECTICUT

A multifaceted demonstration with special emphasis on service to the elderly and handicapped has been operating since January 1973. Valley Transit District (VTD) achieved operational status as a transit district in Connecticut after a demonstration grant ended, and is providing services to its target population and the general public. It has had a large impact on the mobility of a small portion of the target population, with lesser impacts on the general public. This report covers the entire period of the demonstation program. Four types of service are operated by VTD: fixed-route, demand responsive door-to-door, subscription, and contract services. An automated fare collection system using credit cards and monthly billings was used from 1973-1975. Fare subsidization for handicapped and elderly citizens was facilitated by this computerized system which bills sponsoring agencies. The user-side subsidies and monthly billings were continued after 1975 using manual methods. Of the target population of 12,000, 600 are regular, heavy users of the VTD system. VTD users are mainly low-income and autoless elderly from small households. The system operates 10 vehicles daily; average hourly cost is near $12. Earned revenues are derived from user-side subsidy funds. VTD has withstood several challenges in regulatory and institutional areas from private bus operators and has expanded services throughout the demonstration. (UMTA)

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

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02140
  • Authors:
    • KOCUR, G
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 310 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308066
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-CT-06-0003-79-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1083
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 7 1981 12:00AM