This discussion of the problems underlying the integration of conventional and paratransit alternatives in urban areas notes that legislation and the current regulatory framework severely constrain innovation, and points out the folly of expansion of the conventional peak-time transit fleet by traditional methods. A change from the homogeneous origin-destination type to a heterogeneous market-oriented process is encouraged, and a restructuring of the urban public transportation system is advocated. Policy decision-making must seek to change conventional private transit systems to meet consumer demands for mobility. The integration with paratransit alternatives provides the only possibility for attracting sufficient ridership to public transportation to permit the achievement of desired urban transportation goals. The organization (transit management, transit officials, private suppliers, and transit users) of the conventional systems and the federal role in such systems are discussed, and comments are made. The organization for regional public transportation is reviewed, and figures are used to illustrate the traditional planning process, the target market approach to urban transportation, the organization of metropolitan regional transportation authority, and the product and functional orientation of regional transportation authority.

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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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    • Mundy, Ray A
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 73-80
  • Monograph Title: PARATRANSIT
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  • Accession Number: 00138445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM