Canadian experiences with paratransit services--dial-a-bus services in 12 communities and five car- and van-pooling operations--are reviewed. In general, the Canadian operations have differed from those in the United States in the following ways. The Canadian operations are typically more productive and operate at lower costs per rider, and the demonstration projects have been more modest in scale and the use of new technologies. The introduction of computerized routing and scheduling techniques has usually been postponed until the operation has achieved stability. Dial-a-bus operations are usually treated as interim services to be replaced by fixed-route transit as soon as possible, and organized ride-sharing programs have been subordinate to dial-a-bus and mass transit services. /Author/

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