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The Effect of Education Programs on Paratransit Demand of People with Disabilities


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  • Steven Stern


  • James Fitzgerald
  • Donna Shaunesey


We describe a passenger education program to encourage responsible use of paratransit by people with disabilities. We use state-of-the-art econometric techniques to evaluate its success. We find that it has moderate effects on demand for transportation but large effects on how passengers use the transportation. In particular, passengers are more responsible about meeting the transportation at the curb rather than waiting for help inside their home. Cost-benefit analysis of the program suggests that it is a long-term worthwhile activity.

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Paper provided by University of Virginia, Department of Economics in its series Virginia Economics Online Papers with number 325.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Sep 1998
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Handle: RePEc:vir:virpap:325

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  1. Stern, Steven, 1993. "A disaggregate discrete choice model of transportation demand by elderly and disabled people in rural Virginia," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 315-327, July.
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  1. Nguyen-Hoang, Phuong & Yeung, Ryan, 2010. "What is paratransit worth?," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 44(10), pages 841-853, December.
  2. Chao Wang & Mohammed Quddus & Marcus Enoch & Tim Ryley & Lisa Davison, 2014. "Multilevel modelling of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) trips in Greater Manchester based on area-wide socio-economic data," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 589-610, May.
  3. Konstantinos Zografos & Konstantinos Androutsopoulos & Teemu Sihvola, 2008. "A methodological approach for developing and assessing business models for flexible transport systems," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 35(6), pages 777-795, November.
  4. Bearse, Peter & Gurmu, Shiferaw & Rapaport, Carol & Stern, Steven, 2004. "Paratransit demand of disabled people," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 38(9), pages 809-831, November.
  5. Steven Farber & Antonio Páez, 2010. "Employment status and commute distance of Canadians with disabilities," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 37(6), pages 931-952, November.


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