Transportation Access and Individuals with Disabilities’ Community Integration

This study examined the relationship between transit service patterns and the spatial organization of individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily living residing within Utah’s Wasatch Front region to provide recommendations to improve the design, planning, and management of the Utah Transit Authority’s public transportation system. The study objectives included an accessibility Index of Transit Provision to represent fixed-route bus and light-rail service capacity, and an Index of Transit Need representing the spatial organization of individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily living and indicators of transportation disadvantage. The findings suggest that 58.7% of individuals with disabilities living within the Wasatch Front Region do so in areas with greater than average transit disparity. The results identify 26 areas with very high transit disparity. Addressing those areas of higher transit disparity through prioritizing new transit investment or the reallocation of existing transit services will contribute to greater equity in individuals with disabilities’ access to activities of community living across the Wasatch Front Region.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • 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: 20190710
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Subprogram: Research
  • Source Data: https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u883/2019/TRCLC_RR_17-08.pdf

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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