TRANSPORTATION FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. SPEAKER 1

As a result of deputations and requests for transportation from several handicapped groups, surveys were conducted in 6 Ontario cities. Interviews and mail surveys were carried out (to determine the economic and travel characteristics of the handicapped) and basic transportation options were identified. Work at the provincial level and the independent work of 2 large operators point to the conclusion that initially, the most effective way of providing transportation for the severely phsically handicapped in urban areas is to provide a specially equipped demand-responsive transportation service. As the demand for this type of service grows, partial integration of services may be required. The three basic transportation improvement options identified in the studies were: improve existing services, pay direct subsidy to handicapped individuals; and provide new special services for the handicapped. The Toronto Transit Commission has initiated a pilot project for the physically handicapped in which door-to-door transportation is provided for 50 people on their work trips. The project is estimated to require an operating subsidy of $14,000 per year at a regular 25-cent fare. In Ottawa a handicapped persons' transportation service will be contracted out to a private operator and will provide service for work and medical trips. The daily demand is estimated at between 300 and 400 trips and the anticipated cost is expected to be $400,000 a year.

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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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    • Garner, D P
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 61-65
  • Monograph Title: DEMAND-RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS & SERVICES
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  • Accession Number: 00126167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM