This document represents one portion of a major effort undertaken by UMTA in response to Congressional interest in and legislation for the "planning and design of mass transportation facilities to meet special needs of the elderly and handicapped." It involves a number of parallel and interdependent areas of activity ranging from a national survey to a national perspective of the state-of-the-art concerning transportation of the transportation handicapped population (THP). The purpose of this technical report is to present complete findings on all information areas covered in the National Survey in order to provide specific information for decision makers at all levels. This National Survey is a comprehensive national study using probability techniques and procedures to provide quantified information on the THP in urban areas of the U.S. The information includes the number of THP (7,440,000), their characteristics, their transportation behavior, the perceived barriers inhibiting use of public transportation, and an assessment of solution alternatives designed to improve transportation for the THP. Forty-one in-depth interviews and ten focus group sessions were conducted with leaders and members of groups representing the handicapped. Some of the highlights herein are: (1) Of the 7,440,000 THP, 98% (7,276,000) travel--19% (1,405,000) cannot use public transportation at all, 30% (2,175,000) use public transportation with more difficulty, and 51% (3,860,000) use public transportation with a little more difficulty; and (2) The average number of bus barriers is 6.9, subway barriers is 6.0, and taxi barriers is 3.7. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Other reports of this study: "Study of the Transportation Problems of the Transportation Handicapped: Off-Peak Half-Fare Study (PB-263867), and "Off-Peak Half-Fare Study, Ten Case Studies," (PB-263868).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Grey Advertising Incorporated

    777 3rd Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NY-06-0054-78-1
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1981 12:00AM