This document describes the implementation and operation of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's fixed-route, subscription service for handicapped individuals. It is based on a site visit and discussions with several individuals in the Atlanta area. Operational characteristics including the early months of service are presented, as well as pictures/charts depicting the MARTA L-BUS vehicle, floor layout, lift design, lift operation, safety features, wheelchair securement, and problem areas. The subscription service, initiated in May 1977, began with a single bus operating three daily routes and has grown to seven buses operating 27 daily and two weekly routes. The buses are all lift equipped and most have 4 wheelchair positions and seventeen seats. As of May 1978, ridership has increased from 41 to 270 passenger trips per week. New routes are established by grouping trip origin and destination requests into vehicle tours. At least four handicapped passengers must be able to be served in a single tour before that route is incorporated into the system. The dispersion of the desired trip origins and destinations has resulted in low productivities and in high passenger trip costs. The net direct operating cost, excluding the extra deadheading due to special garaging requirements, was $12.54 per passenger trip for the first seven weeks of service with only very light reductions since that time. The major difficulty that users experience with the lift equipment has been getting onto the lift platform unaided. However, with the driver/others to assist them, their usage of the system has not been restricted. Mechanically, the lift equipment has performed better than the Authority's maintenance staff expected. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Related report: San Diego Wheelchair Accessible Bus Study, Transportation Systems Center, September 1977, UMTA-MA-06-0049-77-8 (PB 281-087, A03).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Paul, G
    • Casey, R
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 56 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0049-7810Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-UMTA-78-36
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-MA-06-0049
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM