RAMP DESIGN PARAMETERS FOR LOW-FLOOR TRANSIT BUSES

Reducing transit coach travel barriers to transportation handicapped individuals has been a key design goal of the Transbus development program. The report recommends accessibility design parameters for transportation handicapped individuals on ramp-equipped Transbus coaches. The research approach was to use physically handicapped volunteers to test a full-scale mock-up of a Transbus coach. The participants had various physical disabilities, although emphasis was placed on using wheelchair-bound individuals, as their configuration was believed to present a more difficult accessibility problem. Evaluation of the various parameters was accomplished by recording times to conduct the maneuvers, recording participants' and bystanders' reactions, and noting any problems encountered during the maneuvers. Dimensional requirements for coach interior and ramp maneuvering were evaluated as well as non-quantifiable requirements such as ramp surface materials, desirability or need for hand-rails, and safety conditions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated May 77, PB-269 290 and PB-300 497.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Incorporated

    4330 East-West Highway
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20814

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 134 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318416
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: BP-79-002 Final Rpt., UMTA-MD-06-0024-80-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-70032
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1981 12:00AM