These comments on the modification of existing vehicles and the development of new vehicles, suggests that the most productive role of government in realizing a new vehicle for paratransit service may be achieved through support of design, development, testing and demonstration of vehicles whose concepts are derived from valid vehicle requirements. These requirements must reflect understanding of the service application characteristics for the time period in the future when the vehicle is to be in production and operating in service. A paratransit service vehicle requires an optimum mix of vehicle characteristics. The development was authorized by congress of a small, urban, low-pollution, fuel-efficient paratransit vehicle with the specification that wheelchair passengers be able to board, alight and secure themselves without assistance when using these vehicles. If vehicle capabilities are unavailable in present vehicles, and are not derivable from them, a new vehicle development program will be considered by UMTA. A design competition involving 3 or more contractors is suggested. The importance is emphasized of maintaining, exercising and responding to coordination activities with manufacturers, operators and service users.

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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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  • Accession Number: 00138456
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  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM