Fixed-route, standard-sized buses equipped with level-change mechanisms to transport wheelchair or semiambulatory passengers between the ground and the bus floor level are currently in service in 23 locations in the United States. This paper includes a brief description of the services in place and a discussion of experience with their operation. Data are limited due to the newness of many of the services and the fact that few transit operators collect the kind of information that is most useful for evaluation. Available data have been collected to inform planners and operators of future accessible bus services of the policy issues and operational impacts they probably will face and the level of ridership they initially can expect. A few findings can be stated: (a) Lift reliability has improved substantially through the emergence of new lift designs and modifications to existing models and (b) ridership continues to be low, with most transit operators reporting between one and three lift-assisted boardings per day. Most of these trips are taken by few regular riders. The economic impact varies considerably among operators, depending on the reliability of the particular model of lift operated and whether schedule changes were instituted specifically for implementation of the acessible buses. At current lift-utilization rates, accessible bus service will not significantly affect transit operations. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 47-51
  • Monograph Title: Bus Transit Management and Performance
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309030552
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1981 12:00AM