The efforts of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) in California to add taxis to ADA paratransit services are detailed. The paper compares 2 pricing schemes for using taxis in ADA paratransit service: 1) the user-side subsidy, and 2) managed service where selected trips are provided at meter rates. The fallacy of using average-cost pricing to compare taxi and paratransit trips is examined. Often overlooked is the fact that taxi trips tend to be shorter than paratransit trips; comparing the short taxi trip with an average-length paratransit trip gives a distorted view of the savings. SamTrans set aside the concept of user-side subsidy service in favor of a managed-taxi plan where taxis replace selected paratransit trips and the agency pays the full meter rate and an administrative fee. With a simple marginal-cost pricing concept, SamTrans identified paratransit driver shifts that could be replaced by taxi at great savings. Results of a demonstration project to test whether managed taxis could reduce ADA paratransit operating costs are provided.


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  • Pagination: 10p

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  • Accession Number: 00960529
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594090
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2003 12:00AM