ERIC Number: ED144245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Mobility, Accessibility, and Travel Impacts of Transportation Programs for the Elderly and Handicapped. Working Paper: 5050-4-6.
Kirby, Ronald F.; McGillivray, Robert G.
Special transportation assistance is currently provided for elderly and handicapped persons in the United States through a variety of programs at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The programs are concerned with improving the mobility of the client groups served, thereby making various activities and locations in urban areas more accessible to them. Relatively little attention has been devoted to assessing the benefits of these mobility and accessibility improvements, however, and legislators and administrators have had virtually no empirical information with which to evaluate and revise the programs. This paper suggests that the benefits of mobility and accessibility improvements for the elderly and handicapped can be expressed largely in terms of the impacts they have on travel behavior. The paper then discusses the special conceptual and practical problems associated with assessing these impacts. Recent data from an experimental transportation program in Danville, Illinois, are used to illustrate the discussion. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Urban Mass Transportation Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see EA 009 957