USER-SIDE SUBSIDIES FOR SHARED-RIDE TAXIS IN KINSTON, NORTH CAROLINA
The Kinston User-Side Subsidy Demonstration Project began operation in September 1977 and involved the provision of reduced-fare conventional taxi service to the elderly and handicapped (E&H). This report summarizes the findings of the independent evaluation of the Kinston project. In Kinston, user-side subsidies were found to be administratively feasible and were utilized almost exclusively by the most mobility-disadvantaged segments of the eligible population. These individuals, of low incomes or few travel alternatives, used the project to increase their frequency of total trip making by 3-4 percent, and to make some trips by taxi that otherwise would have been made by a less preferred mode (e.g. walking). The resulting changes in taxi-use frequency caused some changes in the supply of taxi service, though these were mainly with firms that had a large portion of E&H riders prior to the demonstration. Overall, the Kinston project provides evidence that user-side subsidies can be a viable and practical technique for facilitating the mobility of the E&H.
- Service and Methods Demonstration Program.
Charles River Associates, Incorporated200 Clarendon Street, John Hancock Tower
Boston, MA United States 02116
Transportation Systems Center55 Broadway, Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA United States 02142
Urban Mass Transportation Administration400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Publication Date: 1980-10
- Pagination: 224 p.
- TRT Terms: Aged; Demonstration projects; Fares; Fees; Grant aid; Low income groups; Mobility; Motor vehicles; Persons with disabilities; Ridesharing; Taxi services; Transportation; User side subsidies
- Uncontrolled Terms: Fare reduction
- Geographic Terms: North Carolina
- Subject Areas: Operations and Traffic Management; Society; Transportation (General); I70: Traffic and Transport;
- Accession Number: 00343603
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NC-06-0002-80-1Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1406
- Files: TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Oct 28 1982 12:00AM