In the Southern California area there was the problem of lack of information concerning the provision of paratransit service in the region. Therefore, during the summer of 1977, SCAG began a regionwide telephone survey of possible transportation providers. The primary purposes were: (1) to establish a basis for identifying opportunities to coordinate or consolidate services to improve effectiveness and efficiency, (2) to aid in identifying geographic areas where needed services are currently lacking, or where duplication of service exists, and, (3) to compile a source list for transportation information and referral. All public and private social service agencies listed in county directories, schools, hospitals, and religious and charitable groups were contacted. Taxi and charter bus companies and municipal dial-a-rides were also surveyed. The questionnaire was designed to obtain a brief description of each agency, its clientele, ownership, and operation of vehicles used for transporting clients, and the purposes for which transportation service is provided. Problems encountered in operating a small-scale transportation system, and obstacles which might prevent coordination of various agencies were also of interest. Furthermore, agency service areas were mapped. The results are being issued in a series of reports. As the survey is completed in each county, three sets of information are being published for use by planners, service providers, and the general public. The first portion is an analysis of the survey results which provides an overall perspective on paratransit in a given county. The second portion is a catalog continuing a separate description of each provider's transportation service, including type of service available, number of vehicles operated, funding sources, etc. The third portion contains listings of paratransit providers serving specific geographic areas.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Southern California Association of Governments

    600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 1000
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90005

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Westfall, M
    • Vargas, J
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 52 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197524
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Statistical Reference File, TSC
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UMTA-CA-09-0059
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM