ERIC Number: ED336883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Providing Transportation for the Elderly and Handicapped in Sweden: Experiences Gained and Future Trends. TFB-Report 1991:17.
This report summarizes results of research and development projects concerning disabled and elderly people and transportation services carried out at the Department of Traffic Planning and Engineering in Lund, Sweden. This summary is based on 12 previous reports. The first section examines Swedish policy which stresses enabling elderly and disabled people to live as normally as possible in their home environments. Policy components include requiring adaptation of public transport vehicles and local terminals to the needs of the disabled, provision of special transportation services, and an overall community-responsive public transportation system which meets individual needs. Components of such a system are then considered in more detail including the population needing special consideration, the traditional fixed route service, the service route concept (special routes and fully accessible smaller busses); and the Special Transportation Service (a demand based service for the most severely disabled). Discussed in the next section is the provision of accessible public transportation in the future (possibly the development and wide use of low-floor standard buses). Includes 18 references. The 8 appendixes (earlier reports published separately) are available from the Swedish Transport Research Board. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Bus Transportation, Design Requirements, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Older Adults, Physical Disabilities, Physical Mobility, Research and Development, Transportation, Wheelchairs
Allmanna Forlaget, Customer Service, S-106 47 Stockholm, Sweden (for this document); Swedish Transport Research Board (TFB), Birger Jarls torg 5, S-111 28, Stockholm, Sweden (for appendixes to this document).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Swedish Transport Research Board, Stockholm.; Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Traffic Planning and Engineering.