In August 1976, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (the Metropolitan Planning Organization) began a process to develop a plan which would meet the transportation needs of the elderly and handicapped persons in Lake and Porter Counties. The First Phase of the planning process was an inventory of existing transportation (Volume I), and a survey of user needs (Volume II). This report, Volume I of II volumes, describes the First Phase of the planning process, namely, the transportation situation of the mobility-limited people in Northwest Indiana; it also documents the first planning phase---data gathering and analysis, committee organization, alternative evaluation, and initial recommendation. There are 46 agencies providing some transportation to the elderly and handicapped people, ranging from medical patient reimbursement to special Dial-A-Ride vans to regular bus and train service at reduced rates. The results of a survey of users of the services reveal that half (32,500) of the 65,000 elderly and handicapped in the two counties need better transportation or have none at all. Problems include having to rely on other drivers, the cost of transportation, and the lack of public transportation. The Technical Advisory Committee/Task Force assessed the situation and recommended the establishment of a Transportation Support Center to coordinate the present fragmented system of providers. The establishment of the Support Center will be a part of the Second Phase of the planning beginning January 1978. Numerous charts/tables herein depict the planning process, Task Force structure, elderly and handicapped population, types of transportation, Section 5 status, and Section 16 (b) (2) Grants awarded. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report consisted of two Volumes, Volume I: User Survey and Provider Survey. Volume II: User Survey Results.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

    8149 Kennedy Avenue
    Highland, IN  United States  46322
  • Authors:
    • STRAINS, S R
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 88

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190052
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IT-09-0072-79-1Tech Rpt., IT-09-0072
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM