Potential Cost Savings from Taxi Paratransit Programs

This study examined the roles that taxis currently play in paratransit services. Exemplary programs demonstrate that taxi paratransit services can provide cost-effective and high quality services. A taxi-supported paratransit program is a key cost reduction strategies that transit agencies can employ for their American with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit programs. Using secondary data analysis and then phone interviews with transportation experts in transit and taxi agencies, the advantages and disadvantages of taxi use in paratransit programs were determined. The findings demonstrate how taxis’ involvement in paratransit programs varies among 29 localities. After initial data collection, case studies included in-depth analyses, site visits, and focus group discussions with paratransit riders. The findings identify factors associated with successful taxi paratransit programs, describe how some taxi paratransit problems are effectively managed, and illustrate how taxis can have a balanced role in paratransit programs. Ultimately, the findings show that taxi paratransit programs can benefit all stakeholders: transit agencies, taxi operators, taxi drivers, and paratransit riders.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154318
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2455
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:09AM