OVERCOMING INSTITUTIONAL BARRIERS IN SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION

The Delaware Authority for Specialized Transportation's (DAST) mission is defined and some of the problems encountered by DAST are identified and discussed. Attention is focussed on the enabling legislation that created the authority, planning requirements, funding and budget development, liaison with other transportation providers and administrative agencies, labor and grant problems, and equipment availability. The transition between the Delaware Interagency Motor Service Inc. (DAST's predecessor) and DAST occurred smoothly. DAST is exempted from state taxes but not from federal liabilities. A formal mechanism was initiated so that DAST could apply for capital and operating assistance grants and also be certain the legislative mandate against competition with other private or public providers is fulfilled. The meeting of planned requirements at the state and federal level is discussed. Funding problems are discussed and the suggestion is made that existing and planned transit services should explore funding potentials of the health and social service programs within their service areas along with the traditional UMTA and state and local services. DAST not only is a service provider but a mandated transportation broker and coordinator. DAST will seek the most cost-effective method of meeting the specialized transportation needs of the transportation disadvantaged. DAST is a nonunion transportation property, but its bus drivers are unionized represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). The implications of section 13C of the National Mass Transportation Act of 1974 which requires labor protection assurances are also discussed.

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    • Povlitz, Thomas
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00138444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM