Assessing Existing and Needed Community Transportation for People with Disabilities in North Dakota
Posted on June, 22nd 2016
Citation: Mattson, Jeremy, Jill Hough, and Alan Abeson. Assessing Existing and Needed Community Transportation for People with Disabilities in North Dakota, DP-231. North Dakota State University, Fargo: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, 2010.
The authors collected survey data from persons with disabilities living in North Dakota. The survey focused on better understanding current and past usage of public transportation; most significant problems or barriers faced in using public transportation; and assessment of services available. The survey responses revealed significant dissatisfaction with available transportation options for both local and long distance travel. The level of dissatisfaction was greatest for those living in rural areas and among the most transit-dependent respondents (e.g. those without cars or other sources of transportation). The survey indicated unmet demand for transportation, particularly for discretionary trips. Common issues related to lack of service availability and needed infrastructure improvements (e.g. shelters at stops, accessible sidewalks, etc.). The authors present a data collection instrument and methodology for assessing progress over time.