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Title: Valley Transit District: specialized transportation services for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Final report

Abstract

A multifaceted demonstration with special emphasis on service to the elderly and handicapped has been operating in the Lower Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut since January 1973. The system has included limited fixed-route service, demand responsive door-to-door service, subscription service, and contract bus service for social-service agencies and other groups in the Valley. An automated fare-collection system using credit cards and monthly billings to eliminate the need for cash payment was used from 1973 to 1975. Fare subsidization for handicapped and elderly citizens is facilitated by this computerized system which bills sponsoring agencies according to the use of the transportation services by their clients during the previous billing period. The user-side subsidies and monthly billings were continued after 1975 using manual methods. Of the target population of 12,000 individuals, 600 are regular, heavy users of the Valley Transit District (VTD), with few of the others using the system at all. VTD users are primarily low-income, autoless elderly from small households. The system operates 10 vehicles daily to provide its services; the average hourly cost is near $12. The system has earned revenues equal to almost 50% of its costs, although 40% of its revenues have been derived from user-side subsidy funds.more » Finally, VTD has withstood several challenges in regulatory and institutional areas from private bus operators and has slowly expanded its services throughout the demonstration. It is currently operating in post-demonstration status under ongoing funding.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Cambridge Systematics, Inc., MA (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5851567
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5851567
Report Number(s):
UMTA-CT-06-0003-79-1
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ELDERLY PEOPLE; SOCIAL SERVICES; HANDICAPPED PEOPLE; LOW INCOME GROUPS; TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS; SUBSIDIES; BUSES; CONNECTICUT; DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS; INCOME; NUMERICAL DATA; OPERATION; RELIABILITY; TABLES; URBAN AREAS; AGE GROUPS; DATA; DATA FORMS; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; INFORMATION; MINORITY GROUPS; NORTH AMERICA; NORTH ATLANTIC REGION; USA; VEHICLES 290200* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Economics & Sociology; 320203 -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Transportation-- Land & Roadway; 320600 -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Municipalities & Community Systems-- (1980-)

Citation Formats

Kocur, G. Valley Transit District: specialized transportation services for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Final report. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Kocur, G. Valley Transit District: specialized transportation services for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Final report. United States.
Kocur, G. Thu . "Valley Transit District: specialized transportation services for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Final report". United States.
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title = {Valley Transit District: specialized transportation services for the elderly, handicapped, and low-income in the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut. Final report},
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abstractNote = {A multifaceted demonstration with special emphasis on service to the elderly and handicapped has been operating in the Lower Naugatuck Valley of Connecticut since January 1973. The system has included limited fixed-route service, demand responsive door-to-door service, subscription service, and contract bus service for social-service agencies and other groups in the Valley. An automated fare-collection system using credit cards and monthly billings to eliminate the need for cash payment was used from 1973 to 1975. Fare subsidization for handicapped and elderly citizens is facilitated by this computerized system which bills sponsoring agencies according to the use of the transportation services by their clients during the previous billing period. The user-side subsidies and monthly billings were continued after 1975 using manual methods. Of the target population of 12,000 individuals, 600 are regular, heavy users of the Valley Transit District (VTD), with few of the others using the system at all. VTD users are primarily low-income, autoless elderly from small households. The system operates 10 vehicles daily to provide its services; the average hourly cost is near $12. The system has earned revenues equal to almost 50% of its costs, although 40% of its revenues have been derived from user-side subsidy funds. Finally, VTD has withstood several challenges in regulatory and institutional areas from private bus operators and has slowly expanded its services throughout the demonstration. It is currently operating in post-demonstration status under ongoing funding.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1979},
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