TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED OF PUEBLO

Conducted to aid the development of a transportation system to adequately serve the elderly and handicapped population of Pueblo, Colo., this study consisted of a survey of 189 agencies involving types of transportation services for the elderly and handicapped, a demographic analysis of the Pueblo area, projections of elderly and handicapped populations for the next 20 years, and analysis of travel patterns of the target population. A number of inadequacies or gaps can be cited particularly with regard to restricted passenger coverage, limited service capacity, scheduling and dispatching procedures, inadequate facilities, lack of uniform operating data, and inefficient route assignments. An array of service alternatives are proposed to close these gaps. A single purpose system whose transportation vehicle operates between one or more origins to one destination, a fixed route system (transportation supplied along an established route at pre-determined times) which is used by most public transportation systems, and personalized service, possibly requiring advance registration for pickup or operating on a demand - response basis are mentioned as options and discussed in terms of accessibility and effectiveness in getting a client to a precise destination. Organization and operational alternatives possible for offering special transportation services to the target group include accessible bus, subsidized taxi, public - operated paratransit, and private, nonprofit paratransit. When all of these options were evaluated on the criteria of funding availability, quality of service, legal considerations, and cost approximations, results showed private, nonprofit paratransit to have the greatest potential for meeting the needs of the disadvantaged. Study data and recommendations are provided.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pueblo Area Council of Governments

    Urban Transportation Planning Division
    Pueblo, CO  United States 

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 79 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326486
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM