A descriptive analysis is presented of a portion of para-transit services in Rhode Island, which, for the most part, are provided for the transportation disadvantaged, elderly, an handicapped. The modes considered are predominantly dial-a-ride in nature. The services offered by various social service agencies were identified and quantified; and a narrative of each paratransit operator surveyed is presented. Identified operators are providing 612,400 to 627,400 passenger trips annually to elderly, handicapped, low income, mentally retarded and others through the state. The greatest need for demand-responsive transportation is with the elderly. These needs are only partially fulfilled. A state-wide demand-responsive system utilizing mini-buses was recommended in 1974. The consolidation of the demand-responsive system into a subsystem operating within the public transit system is advocated. Funding for such a system could come through section 5 of the National Mass Transportation Assistance Act of 1974.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program

    265 Melrose Street
    Providence, RI  United States  02907
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 48 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Technical Paper #55
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1981 12:00AM