In the late 1970's, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration's (UMTA), Office of Bus and Paratransit Technology initiated a Paratransit Vehicle Program to assist in the design and development of specially designed paratransit vehicles. The purpose of this program was to introduce newly designed paratransit vehicles into revenue service. Working with private industry, UMTA attempted to develop prototype wheelchair accessible vehicles which were to be the forerunners of a new generation of vehicles to be used in the shared-ride transit industry. The overall goal was to stimulate the automotive industry to manufacture reliable, well-designed, small wheelchair accessible vehicles at an affordable cost. UMTA sought to have paratransit vehicles built and then tested in regular revenue service through applications from public agencies which operated paratransit services or which were willing to be applicants on behalf of private paratransit operators who wished to participate in this program. One such applicant's experience with the program, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, using two different taxi companies, is detailed. It was found that the overall concept of the Paratransit Vehicle was a good one although the experiences of the two taxi companies differed due to amount of actual vehicle use and types of terrain involved.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Port Authority of Allegheny County

    Beaver and Island Avenues
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15233
  • Publication Date: 1989-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 5 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00491454
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-PA-06-0064-89-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1990 12:00AM