The need is indicated for a mixture of conventional transit and paratransit to provide a family of services that can be designed to fit the market needs of different portions of the urban community. In rural America and areas of exurban development, paratransit may be the only form of transit. Establishing paratransit service will require new approaches to the organization of the management of public transportation services in a region. Coordination is critical to the achievement of maximum benefits from the transportation system. This is most effectively accomplished where a single agency is responsible for all service types. The transit agency's role in planning for paratransit is examined. Planning must be preceded by local feasibility studies which must evaluate the benefits and negative results of such service, and the impact of paratransit operations upon the rest of the transportation system. The observation is made that where paratransit produces sufficient public benefit, the use of public funds to supplement user changes is justified. Constraints to implementation of paratransit are examined and the fragmentation of the funding process is considered one of the greatest constraints. Paratransit performance to date is reviewed, and various paratransit concepts are outlined in an appendix.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared by the Task Force on Paratransit, American Public Transit Association.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transit Association

    1100 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 5-26
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00135928
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 21 1981 12:00AM