Viable public transit services for the transport-disadvantaged

Authors: Ho-Seop Cha*, Park University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Public Transportation, Equity, GIS
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 19
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Public transportation services have evolved in various ways, including increasing ridership, optimizing network, using eco-friendly alternative fuels, etc. These advancements have improved accessibility to users and contributed to the development of a cleaner environment. Many public transportation operators have dedicated extensive efforts towards providing services for the transport-disadvantaged. However, it has been a controversial issue whether the transport-disadvantaged have been served by special modes or fixed-route system. This research tries to evaluate the levels of equity in public transportation services provided by The Metro by Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) in Kansas City, Missouri. This will be done by evaluating the level of demand by the transport-disadvantaged and coverage for them by current fixed-route system. Also, this research sees what other supplementary operations have been added to support the transport-disadvantaged and how they are effective.

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