TECHNOLOGY OF THE PARATRANSIT VEHICLE

The U.S. government and the taxi industry are considering the development of a new paratransit vehicle. In this paper, it is argued that the characteristics of the service to be provided must define the technology and performance standards sought. The desirable technological features of an accessible vehicle are discussed; those standards or performance criteria mandated by federal law or policy are emphasized. The effects of the statutory requirements of a number of agencies are examined, and it is illustrated how they can or do create conflicts, for example, between safety features and fuel-economy standards. The types of special vehicle provisions required for various groups of the handicapped are discussed, as are the ways in which different needs and desires of subgroups of the handicapped also create conflicts over technical features and standards. It is concluded that the attempt to develop a single prototype paratransit vehicle may inhibit solution of many pressing problems, and ways by which existing equipment could be modified to create vehicles that could provide a larger number of services to more groups of people (although not all services to all people) are suggested. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 63-67
  • Monograph Title: PARATRANSIT: 1979. PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00303920
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM