Findings from a review of recent paratransit projects sponsored by the Service and Methods Demonstration program of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration are summarized to identify lessons that have been learned and that may be transferable to other communities that are considering establishing paratransit services. Paratransit activities are reviewed according to three service concepts: (a) demand-responsive transportation, (b) brokerage, and (c) ridesharing. Based on a comparative analysis of project results, several operational and institutional findings are reported. The subject areas include quality of service, user response, operating costs, service substitution, agency role, participation of the private provider, fleet purchase, maintenance policies, and regulatory and institutional barriers to implementation. The major implications of the research effort are summarized, and transferable lessons that may be of interest to communities considering paratransit implementation are identified. Because the discussion is limited to government-sponsored projects, it may not be completely representative of all paratransit operations that currently exist in the United States. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 13-19
  • Monograph Title: Paratransit 1980
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334537
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309031230
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM