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Urban transit bus accessibility considerations

Author: Uwe Rutenberg; Canadian Urban Transit Association.; Rutenberg Design Inc.
Publisher: Toronto : CUTA, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the introduction of low floor buses and the increasing cost and demand of paratransit, there has been a renewed interest in making conventional buses more accessible to people with disabilities. Boarding and securement technology are two of the most important considerations in achieving this goal of wider accessibility. However, the impact of these technologies on the regular operation of buses needs also to be  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Uwe Rutenberg; Canadian Urban Transit Association.; Rutenberg Design Inc.
ISBN: 0920559328 9780920559321
OCLC Number: 61304151
Description: viii, 54, [38] pages : illustrations
Responsibility: by Uwe Rutenberg.

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With the introduction of low floor buses and the increasing cost and demand of paratransit, there has been a renewed interest in making conventional buses more accessible to people with disabilities. Boarding and securement technology are two of the most important considerations in achieving this goal of wider accessibility. However, the impact of these technologies on the regular operation of buses needs also to be examined. For small buses in Canada and all buses in the U.S., standards exist that require securement of passengers that require mobility aids. These standards contrast against some studies conducted in Europe which conclude that no securement system is required at all for passengers in wheel chairs on transit buses. To further understand the complexities involved in providing safe and efficient accessibility, the Canadian Urban transit Association has conducted a study of Urban transit Bus Accessibility Considerations. This study investigates the two most common boarding and securing technologies currently being used in North America for wheelchair and scooter users, as well as the standards that require them. Theprotected position approach of some European studies is also dicussed. The study concludes with some recmmendations that transit systems should consider when increased assessibility on standard size buses is desired. Of four appendices, two feature photographic sequences of simulated boarding for scooter and wheelchair, the third features the results of a German study on the stability of wheelchairs on buses, and the fourth contains a CUTA Forum articls about London Transport's low-floor bus experience.

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