A rationale for paratransit is presented, the nature of federal support and the justification for federal presence in any new project is discussed, the future of paratransit is considered, and comments are made on implementation, and on the rule of private operators. The rationale for paratransit rests on the need to alleviate the problem of the carless, and the responsibility for fuel conservation. It also offers promise of an excellent level of service in low-density areas. It is noted that providers of transportation services who wish to introduce new paratransit services and become eligible for federal support, must work with local officials so that the paratrsnsit services may become incorporated in the areawide transportation program. Examples of successful paratransit systems in El Cajon, California, and operation of a taxi system in Munich, Germany, and integrated transit - paratransit operations (Rochester, New York) are briefly described. Implementation aspects discussed here include the concept of the transit authority as the pruchaser of service, the role of the states, and the provision of community - level transportation. The need is indicated for local level work for regulatory reform that would allow private transportation resources to be effectively used. comment is also made on the implications of paratransit for organized labor.

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  • Created Date: Sep 28 1977 12:00AM