Involving the ADA Community in the Procurement of ADA Services

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) in Louisville, KY, will begin a new contract for Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Complementary Paratransit service on October 1, 2005. J. Barry Barker, Executive Director of TARC, is a great believer in community involvement and his work on national transit issues has made him aware of changes and new trends related to serving the disability community. In order to incorporate those new ideas and achieve the full support of the local disability community, the TARC Executive Director decided to expand the role of the disability community in the development a Request for Proposals (RFP) and the selection of a new contractor. With the help of two consultants, local facilitator Janet Jernigan, and transportation consultant James J. McLary, TARC staff developed a new process for preparing the RFP and selecting the contractor. Ms. Jernigan developed an inclusive and effective process for airing the issues and collecting input. Mr. McLary was charged with suggesting new and creative techniques that could broaden the contract to provide more effective approaches, while ensuring the integrity of the ADA service. This paper will discuss the process used, the innovative elements of the RFP and the results to date. The selection of the new contractor will have been made by the date of the APTA Bus and Paratransit conference in May, but the new contract will not take effect until October 1, 2005.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: 2005 Bus & Paratransit Conference

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01001961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594163
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 2005 11:11AM