Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SB-38. Paratransit Fleet Configurations

The increase in the population of frail elderly who are ambulatory but are eligible to use paratransit has increased the demand for paratransit service delivery. This increase has, in turn, led some transit agencies to move away from standard one-vehicle type fleets in favor of a mixed fleet incorporating smaller accessible vehicles and non-accessible (generally sedans) vehicles. The first wave of fleet configuration changes has provided some expected benefits of lower operating costs and service delivery flexibility due to incorporating smaller vehicles into the fleet mix. These changes have also brought forward a set of service delivery issues including increase costs, maintenace concerns, a complication of reassignmnet of riders, etc. This synthesis will document the different configurations of accessible vehicle fleets own by transit systems in North America.    


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SB-38

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    ,   Germany 

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Rodman, Will

  • Start Date: 20221220
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240620
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01847451
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SB-38
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 27 2022 11:49AM