Demand Activated Transportation for the Elderly

by Charles B. Notess, Asst. Prof. of Engrg. and Appl. Sci.; State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, NY,
Robert E. Paaswell, Assoc. Prof. of Engrg. and Appl. Sci.; State Univ. of New York at Buffalo, NY,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 807-821

Document Type: Journal Paper


A free transportation service has been established for elderly residents in the Model Neighborhood Area of Buffalo, NY. Transportation is provided on a demand activated basis, in which the rider is picked up at his door at a prearranged time, and taken to his specified destination within a designated 4-mile radius. This paper describes in detail the first five months of service (December, 1970 - April, 1971) including the nature of the organization needed to provide the service and trip records. Travel characteristics are presented in terms of daily person trips by purpose, origin-destination patterns, and time of day. The hourly trip volumes were greatest during the morning hours when 60% of all from-home trips were made. A third of these were medical trips. Days with wintry weather, in the form of blowing snow, produced a 25% decrease in daily usage.

Subject Headings: Travel patterns | Travel time | Residential location | Organizations | Snow | New York | United States

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