Paratransit has been described as a bridge between the conventional automobile and conventional transit. Certain concepts, such as taxi and car pooling, have developed from the automobile side, and other concepts, such as subscription bus service and dial-a-ride, have developed from the transit side. As service concepts continue to develop and threre is movement from both sides toward the center, certain conflicts are inevitable. Two major cultures, privately operated taxi companies and publicly operated transit companies, that have previously operated independently and differently must now learn to understand each other's environment and work together. However, to view the problem simply as taxi versus transit or public versus private is naive. As in all situations involving the assimilation of different cultures, patience, time, and understanding are required. Paratransit is a melting pot of different approaches, in which gradual assimilation will occur while fundamental differences remain. Paratransit provides the opportunity to increase available options with respect to both the service that is provided and the providers of service. Service can be successfully integrated--at one level by interfacing paratransit services with one another and at a higher level by interfacing paratransit with conventional fixed-route transit in a complementary manner. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 4-10
  • Monograph Title: Demand-responsive transportation systems and other paratransit services
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  • Accession Number: 00156101
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025834
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1981 12:00AM