TRANSPORT FOR THE DISABLED IN WESTERN CANADA

The world's largest transit company dedicated to the sole purpose of mobility for the disabled is the British Columbia Lions' Easter Seal Transport Service. The service has in excess of one hundred vehicles to transport both children and adults. The annual budget is 1.5 million to transport half a million students and two hundred thousand adults. Adult transport is becoming more a government social service and less a charity operation. The total trip costs in Western Canada range from $5.00 to $8.50. The vehicles generally carry between 1 and 2 passengers per hour and 50 percent of the vehicle time is spent travelling empty. The high usage by wheelchair patrons and time consuming courtesy service to and from buildings yields an "optimal" passenger rate of 2 passengers per hour. Vehicle productivity and unit costs may be reduced by revising and speeding up access procedures to the vehicle and focusing service on major nodes of demand. The service may be made efficient by employing taxis for all other service for non-wheelchair patrons. Vehicle productivity will in future decrease as cities spread over greater areas and trip lengths increase. Expanding public involvement in, and financing of, urban public transit will no doubt increase the pressure to provide transit services for the disabled. Increasing costs make it imperative that public transit and subsidized private taxi servcies be blended to provide maximum mobility at minimum cost. /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

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • Navin, FPD
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 312-319
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184927
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM