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.
- Submitted to Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Mark Battle Associates1019 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC USA 20036
Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, IncorporatedOne Penn Plaza
New York, NY USA 10119
- Publication Date: 1978-10
- Features: Appendices; Figures;
- Pagination: v.p.
- TRT Terms: Aged; Minibuses; Passive restraint systems; Physically handicapped persons; Surveys; Taxicabs; Travel demand; Travel patterns
- Old TRIS Terms: Substitutes
- Subject Areas: Highways; Public Transportation; Society;
- 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