URBAN DESIGN AND USAGE FACTORS OF PARATRANSIT VEHICLES AND FACILITIES

The study explores history and future of equipment and facilities for paratransit usage, focusing particularly on facilities for demand responsive services. Relevant technology development programs are discussed along with safety, human factors and operators' concerns, with special attention to boarding considerations of the elderly and handicapped. A spectrum of vehicles is conceptualized for single and multi-party service in both near and mid-term time frames, and in specialized versions to accommodate elderly/handicapped and general population. Local, line-haul and terminal facilities for paratransit vehicles are examined including ubiquitous treatments to support elderly/handicapped access, integration in high traffic, multi-modal terminal facilities; priority and exclusive rights-of-way with the long-term prospect of wayside power to overcome limitations of chemical battery storage; introduction of electric-powered vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pratt Institute

    215 Ryerson Street
    Brooklyn, NY  USA 

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • ADAMS, R
    • HILDEBRAND, G
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 150 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137426
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NY-11-0011-76-1Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NY 11-0011
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM