The workshop discussion focussed on how federal money will be spent on paratransit in the next few years, particularly UMTA money, and how the precedents established by the expenditure of these funds will shape the future development of this field of transportation. The workshop noted that where new services are being created (particularly demonstrations), potential conflicts can be reduced by dealing directly with uncertainities. User-side subsidies for approved paratransit and transit seem least likely to adversely impact labor and private operators and most likely to benefit target groups with specific unidentified transportation needs. The workshop also found that mechanisms of cooperation that render the greatest efficiencies of all available resources are to be preferred to the creation of numerous isolated projects that have separate client groups and paratransit equipment. Emphasis on services rather than suppliers ought to foster the fuller use of private sector resources, existing transit systems, and centralized paratransit systems for specialized client needs. Areas for further study as well as recommendations made by the workshop are listed.

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