URBAN TRANSIT BUS ACCESSIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

With the introduction of low floor buses and the increasing cost and demand of paratransit, there has been a renewed interest in making conventional buses more accessible to people with disabilities. Boarding and securement technology are two of the most important considerations in achieving this goal of wider accessibility. However, the impact of these technologies on the regular operation of buses needs also to be examined. For small buses in Canada and all buses in the U.S., standards exist that require securement of passengers with mobility aids. These standards contrast against some studies conducted in Europe which conclude that no securement system is required at all for passengers in wheelchairs on transit buses. To further understand the complexities involved in providing safe and efficient accessibility, CUTA has conducted a study to investigate the two most common boarding and securing technologies currently being used in North America for wheelchair and scooter users, as well as the standards that require them. The "protected position" approach of some European studies is also discussed. The study concludes with some recommendations that transit systems should consider when increased accessibility on standard size buses is desired.

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    Rutenberg Design Incorporated

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    Canadian Urban Transit Association

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    Toronto, Ontario  Canada  M5J 1R7
  • Authors:
    • Rutenberg, U
  • Publication Date: 1995-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 110 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716363
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0920559328
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 1996 12:00AM