This paper examines the historical evolution of paratransit services and discusses a generalized fare-calculation system for paratransit operations. The prototype system is designed to reduce or eliminate a number of software and hardware constraints that have hampered the taxi industry's efforts to provide a full spectrum of paratrnsit services. Software constraints are analyzed in terms of regulatory and political processes that have evolved with the taxi industry. Hardware constrains are analyzed in terms of a lack of incentive for product improvement, since at present there is not a sufficient U.S. market for metering and dispatching systems and only a small market for specialized vehicles. In addition, innovations in hardware are hampered by the fact that implementation depends heavily on the relationship between new technologies and existing regulations. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the need and mechanisms for change and to describe a prototype fare-calculation and dispatching system currently being developed at Carnegie-Mellon University. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 93-97
  • Monograph Title: Demand-responsive transportation systems and other paratransit services
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  • Accession Number: 00156118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025834
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1981 12:00AM