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.
Pratt Institute215 Ryerson Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
Urban Mass Transportation Administration400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Adams, R
- HILDEBRAND, G
- Publication Date: 1976-4
- Pagination: 150 p.
- TRT Terms: Aged; City planning; Demand responsive transportation; Electric power; Electrical systems; Highway safety; Human factors; Human factors engineering; Multimodal transportation; Operators (Persons); Paratransit services; Passenger terminals; Persons with disabilities; Propulsion; Safety; Traffic engineering; Urban areas; Urban transportation; Vehicles
- Uncontrolled Terms: Operator
- Subject Areas: Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Safety and Human Factors; Society; Vehicles and Equipment;
- 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