The current state of the art of paratransit vehicles--the sizes the types used, the operating constraints, guidelines for size selection, a vehicle-tender selection process, current trends, and forecasts of the evolution of vehicle design over the next 10 years--is discussed. Action is suggested to reduce uncertainty over individual vehicles performance and improve utilization and design. Vans and integrally designed small buses have proven more reliable than other types of vehicles; their use in Canada and the United States is discussed. The selection process described is used to analyze four theoretical vehicles being reviewed for procurement. The analysis shows that the most cost-effective vehicle could be a bus with the highest initial cost or a low-cost van. /Author/

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  • Created Date: May 26 1981 12:00AM