Fail-safe methods for paratransit safety

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Journal Article

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planning - methods, planning - safety/accidents, mode - paratransit


The purpose of this study was to illustrate that a systems approach to transit safety can be used to develop a methodology to fail-safe or mistake-proof paratransit operations. The fail-safe methodology illustrated in this article was implemented in a small rural transit system in the southeast U.S. Results demonstrated that safety problems often stem from an interaction of service errors and system components. Results also revealed that fail-safe methods that target specific user groups are more effective than more general methods.


Permission to publish the abstract given by the Journal of Public Transportation.