A preliminary design and cost study was performed for a low life cycle cost paratransit vehicle. The manufacturing technique and cost analysis were based on limited production of 5000 units per year for a ten year period. The vehicle configuration resembles a small van which will carry six passengers including a passenger confined to wheelchair. A low floor is standard, and ramps can be provided to make wheelchair energy conventient. It is estimated that these PTV's could be manufactured for $10,659.93 each. Operational costs would be lower than conventional taxi cabs for several reasons. Low vehicle weight and an efficient 4 cylinder engine provide good fuel mileage and low fuel costs. Durable front end components and excellent component accessibility provide reduced maintenance costs. (Author)

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    Dutcher Industries, Incorporated

    7617 Convoy Court
    San Diego, CA  United States  92111

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Schneider, P H
    • Norton, D D
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 84 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00331076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: UM844/R8749
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0052-78-7Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1352
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM