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|Title: ||Demand-Responsive Transport schemes in England and Wales and considerations for their future|
|Authors: ||Laws, Rebecca|
Enoch, Marcus P.
Ison, Stephen G.
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||© National Academy of Sciences|
|Citation: ||LAWS, R. ... et al, 2008. DRT schemes in England and Wales and considerations for their future. 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Paper 08-0892. New Approaches to Improving Paratransit Services, Session 580, Paratransit Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Science, 13-17 January, Washington DC|
|Abstract: ||DRT ‘provides transport ‘‘on demand’’ from passengers using fleets of
vehicles scheduled to pick up and drop off people in accordance with their needs’
(Mageean and Nelson, 2003, p.255). DRT has also been seen as ‘an intermediate
form of public transport, somewhere between a regular service route that uses small
low floor buses and variably routed highly personalised transport services offered by
taxis’ (Brake et al, 2004, p. 324). As such DRT can essentially be defined as an
intermediate and highly flexible mode of transportation giving rise to a wide variety
Numerous DRT services operate in the UK, however their future is uncertain
as funding streams are in the main coming to an end. Some schemes have already
ceased operating whilst others are thriving. As such, it is opportune to take stock of
how DRT schemes are performing and what they are doing in order to discern a future
strategy for DRT.
The aim of this paper is to investigate the current situation with respect to
publicly funded DRT schemes in England and Wales. Specifically it investigates how
and why DRT schemes have been established, including data on their design and
operation, the reasons for scheme implementation and their objectives. Finally it
considers the current performance of DRT schemes and the likely future of such
The section below provides a brief summary of the DRT literature followed by
an outline of the method used to collect the data. This consisted of a survey which was
sent to a carefully selected number of local authorities who administer DRT schemes.
The findings from this survey are then presented and finally conclusions are
developed in terms of the way forward.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper. The definitive version was published in the TRB 87th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD [© National Academy of Science] available from: http://pubsindex.trb.org/default.asp|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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