TRANSIT OPTIONS FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

The several transit and paratransit options which could be potentially implemented to improve transportation services to the elderly and the handicapped in North Central Texas were analyzed. This paper summariezes the analysis undertaken for this task and identifies some of the philosophical and technical issues which arise in performing such a study. The elderly and handicapped population was divided into 4 categories: Category I included 70% of the population who could use public transportation--Category II (16%) includes those who could use public transport with minor changes; Category III (9%) includes those who could use public transport with major modification; Category IV (5%) are those who are house-bound and not included in the potential market. Several bus options and paratransit options were considered. The options were designed to lower taxicab fares for eligible patrons. This could be accomplished by a redistribution of funds. It is considered possible to provide for category III individuals through the use of taxicabs at a fraction of the cost of accomplishing the same objective with bus transit. Various approaches apparently exist which would permit a city and its taxicab firm to provide lower fares to the elderly and handicapped without an external government subsidy.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Public Transit Association

    1100 17th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20036
  • Authors:
    • Barker, W G
    • Ryden, T K
    • Watson, F T
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 2-20
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178709
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1981 12:00AM