This transportation plan has been prepared to provide direction in meeting the transportation needs of the elderly and handicapped population in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) region. The federal mandate for transportation planning and the implementation of transportation services for the elderly and handicapped is discussed. Social service transportation is analyzed for the region in terms of regularly scheduled service, volunteer service, and client - restricted service. Information on the available fixed bus route service in the region is presented. Data on the size of the region's elderly and handicapped population, based on the 1970 Census, are also presented. The demand for transportation service through the development of ridership estimates is examined. Various types of transit service and management structures that could be employed to operate a transit system for the elderly and handicapped are noted. Appropriate concepts for the MVPC region are fixed route service, demand - responsive service, and user side subsidy. Cooperation, coordination, and consolidation are viewed as significant alternatives in the operation of a transportation system for the elderly and handicapped. Recommendations for establishing a transportation system for the elderly and handicapped in the MVPC region are offered, including detailed service recommendations and costs. Consideration is given to funding, monitoring, evaluating, and marketing special transportation services. Additional information on the plan for the MVPC region is appended, as well as a social service agency questionnaire.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

    160 Main Street
    Haverhill, MA  United States  01830

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Urban Transportation Systems Associates

    Newton, MA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Pagination: 134 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198143
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM