Transit Agency Use of Computer Paratransit

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by Roger F. Teal, Univ of California, Dep of Civil, Engineering, Irvine, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Innovative Strategies to Improve Urban Transportation Performance

Abstract: Several transit agencies in the U. S. have developed commuter paratransit services - subscription bus, vanpools, and carpools - as a means of pursuing the objective of more cost-effective peak period service provision. These services have been used as supplements to, and in some cases substitutes for, the transit agency's regular commuter bus services. As such, they represent a marked departure from the traditional transit agency approach to service delivery, in which a single public organization provides all service itself using standard transit technology - fixed route, fixed schedule service in large vehicles. Not only do the commuter paratransit strategies represent different service concepts than transit agencies have traditionally employed, they also make use of the private sector to deliver the service, another major deviation from conventional practice. These strategies thus constitute an innovative approach to the objective of improving public transportation service availability and cost-effectiveness.

Subject Headings: Public transportation | Buses | Transportation management | Car pools | Financial management | Organizations | Standards and codes |

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