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Forecasting Paratransit Services Demand – Review and Recommendations

(Center Identification Number: 77938) Travel demand forecasting tools for Florida’s paratransit services are outdated, utilizing old national trip generation rate generalities and simple linear regression models. In its guidance for the development of mandated Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plans (TDSP), the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) refers transit planners to the May 1993 “Methodology Guidelines for Forecasting TD Transportation Demand at the County Level” to develop forecasts of transportation disadvantaged populations. This report examines the current demand forecasting procedure, examines samples of other forecasting methods, and details critical factors that should be considered in addressing the development of a new paratransit demand forecasting model. The report concludes with the development of an updated paratransit service demand model and details its application. A dynamic model spreadsheet was developed which requires relatively … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2011 Final Reports, Projects, Publications

Urban Bus Services in Developing Countries and Countries in Transition: A Framework for Regulatory and Institutional Developments

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 14, Issue 4 (2011) by Brendan Finn and Corinne Mulley   … Read entire article »

Filed under: Journal of Public Transportation Abstracts

Exploring the Willingness and Ability to Pay for Paratransit in Bandung,

Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 12, Issue 2 (2009) by Tri Basuki Joewono … Read entire article »

Filed under: Journal of Public Transportation Abstracts

Travel Assistant Device (TAD) to Aid Transit Riders with Special Needs

(Center Identification Number: 77711) The goal of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act is to provide equal opportunity, full participation, and independence to persons with disabilities. The inability to travel, or the lack of knowledge in accessing the available transportation options, frequently translates into difficulty finding employment, seeking necessary medical services, and participating in educational or vocational training. Simple tasks such as knowing when to pull the cord to indicate the need to exit the bus can be challenging for people with cognitive disabilities. Travel trainers provide one-on-one instruction to develop the skills necessary for independent transit riding. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2006 Final Reports, Research

Creative Ways to Manage Paratransit Costs

(Center Identification Number: 77606)    As communities continue to move toward providing a wide range of public transportation services – often referred to as the “family of services” – one common concern is the rising costs of providing services, specifically those falling under the paratransit umbrella. Although paratransit services are usually the most efficient way to provide specialized needs or life sustaining service for the most vulnerable citizens, they are typically the most expensive, least available, and most difficult to coordinate. Cities, counties, states, and other transportation agencies that provide or purchase paratransit services are continually pursuing methods to contain, control or reduce paratransit costs. The purpose of this project was to define types of paratransit services and their characteristics, document major paratransit expense factors and their trends, and identify and document … Read entire article »

Filed under: Final Report Abstracts, FY 2005 Final Reports, Projects, Publications