There is general agreement in the U.S. that the equipment, particularly vehicles, in service specifically to elderly and handicapped clients is less than satisfactory in design and durability. The problem is examined in its various aspects: a highly varied market in which small systems with limited funds, subsidized ridership and low levels of utilization predominate; current production models and their uses; and perceptions by suppliers of insufficient incentive in a limited market for the redesign and tooling necessary to develop a heavy-duty vehicle specifically for public transit paratransit purposes. The range of adaptations in use to improve vehicle accessibility and suitability are reviewed; and U.S. experience with lifts for the wheelchair bound is reported including commentary on reliability, the reported impact on line-haul operations, and the problems of wheelchair securement within moving vehicles. Research and development initiatives, primarily at the federal level, are noted, as well as problems outside the vehicle environment which impact equipment upgrading. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University of Technology

    Department of Transport Technology
    Loughborough,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Revis, B D
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00184904
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Loughborough University of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM