The institutions that affect the provision of paratransit service are examined (from 4 viewpoints: planning, funding allocation, regulation, and operations), shortcomings and conflicts with existing institutional arrangements are analyzed, and changes to overcome existing problems are proposed. The paratransit sector suffers from fragmentation; operations are small, with limited capital and management expertise. Few organized groups of operators exist, and no organized constituencies or lobbies have developed. Regulations that are outdated, conflicting, and inconsistent must be updated. The regulatory, funding allocation and planning functions should be closely coupled but separated from operational functions. Paratransit provides the opportunity both to increase available options with respect to the service that is provided and to allow more of a free market situation to develop. With new and improved institutional and regulatory frameworks, the mix of service can be successfully integrated, at one level by interfacing paratransit services with each other and at a higher level by interfacing paratransit with conventional fixed-route transit in a complementary manner.

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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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    • Roos, Daniel
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 105-113
  • Monograph Title: PARATRANSIT
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  • Accession Number: 00138448
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM