TRANSPORTATION FOR ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED PERSONS IN THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA

A survey was conducted of persons living within the Washington Metropolitan Area who were 65 or older and/or who had physical or mental disabilities which made it difficult or impossible to use existing buses or taxis. Improvements in the accessibility of Metrobuses, taxis, vans, small buses and alternative paratransit systems were a major goal of this effort. A survey was made to determine demographic and travel characteristics of the target population and identify the handicapping conditions which made the use of buses or taxis difficult or impossible. The gap analysis was used to determine the latent demand for travel. Alternative service concepts were then developed which could potentially meet the latent needs. These alternatives (detailed in the text) were evaluated and combined into seven implementable programs: central information and referral program; advance reservation and subscription service; modification of existing metrobuses; special systems for nonambulatory; taxi services; carpool/van pool; and purchase of buses with lifts and ramps.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Submitted to Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Mark Battle Associates

    1019 19th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036

    Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Incorporated

    One Penn Plaza
    New York, NY  United States  10119
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: IT-09-0033-33
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM