TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS OF THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED: AN OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

This paper reviews the experience in the United States since 1970 as regards the transportation problems of older and handicapped americans. The paper identifies the basic nature of the problem in terms of low income, low levels of auto ownership, poor transit availability, and system design problems. The paper then reviews the scope of the problem in terms of the number of elderly and handicapped, their location geographically and in terms of urban and rural places, and explores some of the implications thereof. A review is undertaken of the transportation systems presently serving the elderly and handicapped including public transit, taxis, school buses, personal transportation via the automobile, special and private systems. The basic characteristics of each of these systems is described covering service, operating levels and costs. Finally, the paper presents an evaluation of present US systems discussing three levels of system activities: funding, institutional, and planning and operational problems. The paper draws some basic conclusions of relevance for other countries.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 10-19
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308783
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM