Transportation Access and Individuals with Disabilities’ Community Integration

Due in part to the dispersed development pattern of many communities, transportation is increasingly seen as one of the critical factors in community integration, with housing and employment. Transportation is fundamental for individuals’ need to engage with their community for employment, goods and services, health, education, and socializing; with individuals with increased access to transportation reporting greater quality of life and lower levels of social isolation. Transportation access may be considered a basic right of a democratic society. Indeed, the disability community recognizes increased transportation access as a primary way to improve individuals with disabilities’ independence, self-determination, and community integration. Understanding the relationship between transportation access and individuals with disabilities’ transportation needs is a necessary first step to support the full community integration of this, and other, disadvantaged populations. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between fixed-route transit service patterns and the spatial-temporal organization of individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily living. The research findings will not only have theoretical significance regarding transportation system planning, but will also support implementing more socially sustainable public transportation systems planning efforts. The end product will be demonstrated methods useful to transportation agencies in planning transportation systems to meet the needs of transportation disadvantaged populations


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $121435
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT13-G-UTC60 TRC 17-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49009-5316
  • Project Managers:

    Dunn, Denise

  • Performing Organizations:

    Western Michigan University

    1903 W. Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
  • Principal Investigators:

    Christensen, Keith

    Song, Ziqi

  • Start Date: 20170815
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01646258
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC60 TRC 17-08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 22 2017 12:35PM