Criteria to Transfer Paratransit Trips into a Transit Network

Paratransit is an on-demand shared ride mobility service for disabled people. In the city of Montreal (Canada), the demand for this service is rapidly growing but unfortunately, resources are not. Therefore, the aim of the research is to develop and test criteria to identify paratransit trips that could be potentially transferred to the transit network. Four criteria are proposed to identify these trips. The first one is related to the universal accessibility level of each metro station and bus stop. The second one is based on the spatial location of both origin and destination trip ends and their proximity to the transit network. The third one is related to the autonomy level of paratransit users as they must be able to use the transit network by themselves. The last one relates to the time of travel as trips to transfer must not happen during the typical peak hours of the transit network. With these four criteria, it is possible to estimate how many paratransit trips could be considered as potentially transferable. In the current transit network of the STM (Société de transport de Montréal), using these criteria, some 14% of the paratransit trips would be considered transferable under 100-meter distance to transit stops threshold. Over one year, it means that some 500 000 trips could be done using the transit network instead of the paratransit service. This alternative can provide more flexible service to travelers as well as a cheaper way to provide travel options to the disabled community people.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 19p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01763591
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-00654
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:06AM