Mass Transit for Elderly and Handicapped Persons:
Urban Mass Transportation Administration's Actions
CED-77-37: Published: Mar 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1977.
- Full Report:
Efforts must be made by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA) to provide effective mass transportation for elderly and handicapped persons.
Before 1975, UMTA was passive in carrying out laws for equal access to transportation by these citizens, believing that manufacturers would not submit responsive bids for wheelchair-accessible buses. Manufacturers have now submitted responsive bids. There is continuing litigation as to whether all transit facilities must be made accessible or whether equivalent specialized services are an appropriate alternative, as UMTA holds. To properly assess all relevant factors, as, for example, cost, handicapped ridership, and effect on other passengers, fully accessible transportation could be tried in selected urban areas. UMTA has not made full use of its research and development of transit vehicles and services.
Recommendation for Executive Action
Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.
Recommendation: UMTA should: (1) strengthen and monitor its regulations on transportation for handicapped/elderly persons; (2) make its studies comprehensive and expedited to yield meaningful results; (3) require that transit authorities given UMTA funds give other local agencies sufficient funding to provide specialized services for their clientele; and (4) see that its research and demonstration projects address the needs of these people to the fullest possible extent.