THE LIFT: SPECIAL NEEDS TRANSPORTATION IN PORTLAND, OREGON

This report covers the first year of a two-year demonstration in which the regional transit authority in coordination with local social service agencies provides curb-to-curb transportation services to eligible elderly and handicapped clients on an advance reservation basis. The demonstration project was designed to test the transit operator's ability to provide specialized service to handicapped and elderly persons and coordinate this service with contracting social service agencies. The report presents time-series data as well as analysis of the project's workability, cost-effectiveness, and impact on all project participants. The issues and analysis procedures are outlined. The project operation and its evolution from its pre-implementation phase are described. The demand and supply of the Special Needs Transportation service are also described. The economics of the LIFT system are analyzed and the projects impact on clients, social service agencies and Tri-Met (the regional transit authority are assessed.) The conclusions are summarized, and information for comparing LIFT with two other modes (taxis and private non-profit providers) are provided.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Crain and Associates

    120 Santo Margarita Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA  United States  94025
  • Authors:
    • Cooper, T
    • Bloomfield, P
    • Flynn, S
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 228 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-OR-06-004-78-2 Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM