The report examines the mobility and accessibility impacts that the 71 mile Bay Area Rapid Transit System has had to date on the transportation disadvantaged. Three special population groups are the focus of analysis--ethnic minorities, the elderly and handicapped. These groups are of special concern for transportation planning and policy because of either low-income status or mobility related impairments. Findings are reported from the investigation of five issues related to BART's impacts for the transportation disadvantaged on increased accessibility to employment, social, medical, cultural and recreational opportunities. Rapid rail patronage levels by ethnic minorities, the elderly and handicapped travelers are examined. The impact on the handicapped of BART's barrier-free design is investigated. Evaluation of these findings is made in the context of the level, nature, and degree of equity in the incidence of BART's mobility impacts. Based on the findings of the study, implications for the transportation disadvantaged of a regional rapid rail transit investment are presented in terms of policy considerations for other areas in which similar systems may be considered. (Color illustrations reproduced in black and white)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared by Urban Dynamics Associates, San Francisco, CA. Prepared in cooperation with Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Metropolitan Transportation Commission

    Hotel Claremont
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94705

    Urban Dynamics Associates

    San Francisco, CA  United States 

    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    451 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20410

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Donnelly, R
    • Arguelles, J
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 93 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186156
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-BIP-TM-35-10-78 Tech Memo
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-30176
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1981 12:00AM