A COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

The major factors that led to the intitiation of Tacoma's Transportation Plan for the Elderly and Handicapped were the continued interest given by UMTA to the transportation needs of the elderly and handicapped, and also that Tacoma has been operating a transportation program to assist transportation-disadvantaged individuals since 1973. Therefore, in 1976, the City requested and received funding to support a one-year study to examine the needs of mobility-restricted citizens and to offer a variety of alternatives that might provide the needed services. The study group examined the background of the transportation problems in Tacoma and found that the elderly and handicapped are confronted by numerous barriers that inhibit their ability to travel within the city. The five phases of the Plan were to develop citizen coordination, establish objectives, collect and analyze census data, develop scenarios for system development, and to generate the selection process. The options for meeting the transportation needs were accessible fixed-route service, demand-responsive transportation operated by public sector, operated privately for profit sector, operated privately for non-profit sector, and multi-modal (combined systems). Before making recommendations, it was necessary to compare these alternatives, from which the most viable option was to be selected. The study group recommended that the City Council consider the combined fixed-route demand-responsive system alternative, which utilizes taxis and the existing bus fleet. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Puget Sound Council of Governments

    Grand Central on the Park, 216 First Avenue South
    Seattle, WA  USA  98104
  • Authors:
    • King, L
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 226 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-WA-09-0013-78-1
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-WA-09-0013
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM