– Local buses
– Commuter buses
– Express buses
– Bus rapid transit
– Light rail
– Ferry boat
How it Helps
It is important that all vehicles acquired for fixed-route shuttle services be accessible to older adults and people living with disabilities, especially those on wheelchairs.2
Maintenance of Accessibility Equipment:
Accessibility toolkits such as as ramps and lifts, wheelchair securement systems, public address systems, or kneeling features must be kept in operative conditions to ensure that the vehicle remains accessible for vulnerable populations. This can be achieved by daily inspection of this equipment by the fixed-route drivers.
The driver of a fixed-route shuttle system must be trained to assist passengers, especially people with disabilities, with use of the ramps and lifts, the securement system, and other features. Transit personnel must also allow adequate time for individuals to complete boarding and disembarking from the shuttle.
Introducing fixed-route shuttle services can be expensive. For places where fixed-route system is either non-existent or the existing one is underperforming, making changes to the existing service can be quite expensive and time consuming.3
Cities that are not well structured will suffer a major setback with this strategy and may require major restructuring and replanning. It may not be an effective transportation method in case of an emergency, as there is a strict schedule for each day. Sometimes, an additional transportation method may be needed because the scheduled vehicle stops may be located too far from medical facilities.
1) MTM Transit Company
MTM Transit is a transportation service company that helps public transit agencies increase fixed-route utilization and remove community barriers. They offer fixed-route and shuttle services to help community members get to essential destinations such as work, shopping, medical appointments and hospitals, airports, and even schools.