The implementation of various demand-responsive transportation (DRT) services is discussed (with emphasis on funding at the state and federal levels), and the DRT activities of several state transportation departments are reviewed. It is emphasized that the need for a service must first be established and then state administration must be approached to obtain funds to meet that need. Work in California is progressing on those lines. Funds for operating and capital expenses are available through federal programs such as Title 3 of the Older Americans Act. Capital assistance from UMTA is available for services designed for the elderly/handicapped and programs may be established to fit the fund. The importance is noted of combining services (eg services for the handicapped, meals services and other social services). DRT can serve a variety of riders, but the market segments must be identified and then the service marketed to that segment. Institutional constraints should be identified and resolved before the DRT service is implemented. Information is presented that was provided by 4 states involved in DRT activities. In Oregon, three demonstration projects incorporating DRT services were established in a cooperative program to improve mobility for the disadvantaged; funds from federal programs were combined with local and state funds. Data on these systems are tabulated. A non-fixed-route subscription, DRT system for the elderly and handicapped is in operation in St. Petersburg, Florida. The DRT system being planned and implemented in Wisconsin will be the first system open to the general public (other DRT services in the state are provided for elderly and handicapped). The Dial-A-Ride Transportation program in Michigan as well as the DRT services in 9 cities are briefly outlined. In California, funds provided by a 1971 Transportation Act are being used or planned for use in the provision of DRT.

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    • Presented at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Demand-Responsive Transportation Systems conducted by the TRB, Nov. 11-13, 1974, Oakland, Calif.; and co-sponsored by American Public Transit Association, California DOT, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, MIT, UMTA and Technology Sharing Program of U.S. DOT. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Gray, George
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Pagination: pp 27-31
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  • Accession Number: 00126157
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM