Transportation barriers often restrict community participation for individuals with mobility impairments. Unfortunately, traditional methods and performance measures (e.g., travel time, wait time, cost per service hour, service miles) for evaluating the quality of public transportation do not reflect needs, priorities or travel experiences of individuals with disabilities, nor do they incorporate universal design perspectives.
The objective of this project is to determine factors in public transit vehicle design and operations that impact (i) users' performance and perceptions of accessibility, safety and usability, (ii) mode preference (fixed-route bus, complementary paratransit, demand response) and in turn affects (iii) transit system performance.
This project involves two research studies:
Individuals with mobility impairments, community partners and transportation service providers will play a key role in the project as consultants, Advisory Board members and study participants - contributing their expertise and first-person perspectives to this project.
This research project will help identify gaps in current practices and informed critical next steps in accessible and inclusive transportation design, policy, and practice benefiting individuals with disabilities as consumers, and transportation agencies that provide and administer these services.
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