Independent Wheelchair Securement

<font size="2"><p align="left">This project will develop and test a rear-facing wheelchair containment system for transit buses. It will include a prototype device to allow users of wheelchairs to safely and independently use rear-facing containment on large buses, in lieu of the current standard four-point tie-down wheelchair securement system. <font size="2">The device being developed in this project will include a backrest and a movable aisle-side containment structure. The operation would begin with the user backing into the securement space until the rear of the chair is in contact with the backrest. Activation of the aisle-side device would then provide the second side of containment; the bus wall would act as the third side. Results of the Transit IDEA Project 38 show that rear-facing wheelchair containment is feasible and desirable for bus transit operations. It provides an appropriate level of safety, allows wheelchair passengers full independence in riding the bus, and reduces the time required for bus driver assistance, which then substantially reduces in-vehicle dwell time. The current limitation is the absence of a good means for aisle-side containment. One alternative in use is a fixed stanchion. However, this stanchion severely limits wheelchair maneuvering space, and it requires that the passenger has the ability to hold the stanchion. The other alternative does without aisle-side containment. This necessarily limits the use of the rear-facing option to those passengers in stable power chairs or to passengers able to securely hold on to a wall-side handhold.</font></p><font face="Caslon 224 Book,Caslon 224 Book" size="1"></font></font>

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 5

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Berlin, Harvey

  • Start Date: 20080903
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18974

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462485
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 5
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:04PM