Improving Transportation for Elderly and Disabled Persons through the Education of Operating and Maintenance Costs

This paper describes an innovative program that was conducted in North Carolina through the University of North Carolina Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), which had the objective of influencing and improving mobility and transport for elderly and disabled (and low-income) persons, by reducing operating and maintenance costs. The program was called the “Van Care Clinics for Energy Efficiency,” which was part of a Vehicle Maintenance Public Awareness Program funded by the Energy Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Nine Van Care Clinics were conducted throughout the state from May through September of 1984, in coordination with Car Care Clinics that were conducted through ITRE by the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina, and in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Public Transportation Division. All public, private non-profit and private van transportation service providers in the state were invited to participate in these free Van Care Clinics that were conducted on Fridays and Saturdays at major shopping centers and consisted of two parts: (1) diagnostic testing of vans; and (2) a workshop to train van service provider personnel. This paper addresses the following elements of that program: (1) scheduling, site selection, and workshop space; (2) publications and information workshop packets; (3) publicity and registration; (4) conducting the Van Care Clinics; (5) results; (6) evaluation; and (7) general application.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 162-171
  • Monograph Title: Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 21-23, 1986

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049855
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2007 12:15PM