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National Transportation Access Research Project: A Survey of Riders with Disabilities
(MTC 2009)

In an effort to determine which barriers people with disabilities experience on public transit and to increase
awareness regarding those barriers, a nationwide survey was conducted of transit riders with disabilities.
The survey’s goal was to collect information useful to transit agencies and other interested groups. Survey
results were also used when creating new informational materials addressing identified accessibility
barriers.

Automated On-Board Next Stop & Route Identification System Using GPS Technology (Easter Seals Project ACTION 2003)
Transportation regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (49 CFR, Part 37,
Section 37.167) specify that fixed route transportation providers shall announce transfer points, major
intersections and destination points, and intervals along a bus route sufficient to permit individuals with
visual impairments or other disabilities to be oriented to their location.  In addition, at those locations
where more than one bus route serves the same stop, the transportation provider shall provide a means
by which an individual with a visual impairment or other disability can identify the proper vehicle to enter
or be identified to the vehicle operator as a person seeking to ride on a particular route. 

 A Survey On The Use Of Taxis In Paratransit Programs (Easter Seals Project ACTION 2008)
This report describes the variety of ways in which taxi operators can assist transit authorities by
providing paratransit services for people with disabilities. Based on expert interviews, case studies,
surveys, and other methods, this report reviews the extent to which taxis support paratransit programs
in various communities and describes the features that characterize the most successful taxi-aided ADA
paratransit programs.

Freedom to Travel (U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2002)
The 2002 National Transportation Availability and Use Survey was designed to identify the impact of
transportation on the work and social lives of people with disabilities, and the extent to which such impact
is unique to that population. This report summarizes the survey findings and serves as an information
resource for transportation planners and policy makers to use when developing national, state, and local
policies and programs for people with disabilities.

Transportation Difficulties Keep Over Half a Million Disabled at Home (U.S. Department of
Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2002).
BTS conducted a national transportation survey that included both people with and without disabilities.
The purpose of the survey was to add to the pool of data available to policymakers for use in designing
transportation systems that serve everyone equally. A total of 5,019 individuals, of which 2,034 were
people with disabilities, were asked if and how they travel, what problems they experience in doing so, and
their levels of satisfaction with the nation’s transportation system.

Evaluating Transit Operations for Individuals with Disabilities (TCRP/Transportation Research Board,
1997)
This publication explores the results of a research grant project on evaluating transit operations for
individuals with disabilities.