THE APPLICATION OF PUBLIC TRANSIT PRINCIPLES IN SUPPLYING HANDICAPPED TRANSPORTATION IN A MEDIUM-SIZED CITY

The authors discuss the set-up and operation of a modified route service to supplement the current taxi-type service for the physically handicapped. Based on user locations and trip purposes for the "taxi" service, three zones of the city where user density was highest were selected for the new service. Trip purposes indicated that over 60% of the destinations were to a major hospital and the down-town area. The "zone" service goes through eight cycles a day and is comprised of a demand-responsive pickup loop, transportation to destinations and a drop-off loop. Among the various statistics that were analyzed were: time per passenger trip, load/capacity ratio and cost per passenger trip. By comparing statistics with the "taxi" service and maintaining a close rapport with the operators of the service, improvements and changes were made to maximize the benefits of the "zone" service. This new service has improved the usefulness and availability of transportation for the handicapped and decreased costs on a per passenger basis. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented to the RTAC Annual Conference--Transportation Operations--Technical Session and Workshops.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Association of Canada

    2323 St Laurent Boulevard
    Ottawa, Ontario  Canada  K1G 4J8
  • Authors:
    • Bergan, A T
    • Ross, A
    • WATSON, L G
    • Rivett, D E
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM