This resource paper which summarizes the current state of development of coordination and control procedures and raises issues relating to future developments, has as its basic premise, the concept that paratransit services should be designed to complement one another as well as other transportation services. The more significant technological developments are reviewed and issues relevant to their evaluation are raised. The principal areas in which work has reached the point of implementation are computer control and communication. The potential of automatic vehicle location systems is also reviewed. The coordination of paratransit services is viewed at 2 levels: the coordination problem for a single operator; coordination among several operators. Fully coordinated service implies optimization of the total trip with an explicit attempt to minimize transfer times. The best approach to coordination among different operators is to create a nonoperating authority with regulatory control over all the operating agencies. In the area of cost effectiveness and vehicle productivity, the principal avenues for effort are in improved control and evolution of service concepts. The control issues are the range of systems providing efficient combinations of service quality and productivity, and the extent to which they can take advantage of the economies of scale conceptually feasible by attracting the sizeable support of the public.

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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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    • Wilson, Nigel H M
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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00138458
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  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1981 12:00AM