PARATRANSIT: SOME PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS FROM THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY

General comments are made on the transit situation in the last decade, the current situation is examined, and recommendations are presented. It is emphasized that paratransit applications must be promoted in full coordination and cooperation with the transit operators in an area, and the aim must be to complement the services offered by bus and rail facilities. This type of coordination is exemplified in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where the Transit Commission operates express and local buses as well as promotes car pools and van pools. It is also desirable to coordinate all financial programs to achieve common objectives. Attention must also be directed toward equipment. Comment is made regarding labor problems and section 13c of the Urban Mass Transportation Act. Much work needs to be done concerning licensing and regulating paratransit. The relaxation of regulations should not be extended to the point of jeopardizing the safety of passengers, or of permitting the return of illegal jitneys. Potential paratransit applications must be submitted to the same rigorous cost and social-effectiveness examinations that UMTA is applying in the field of conventional transit.

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    • Paratransit: Proceedings of a conference held November 9-12, 1975, conducted by the Transportation Research Board, and sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration.Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
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    • Stokes, B R
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00138439
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM