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More reasons why there is no shift



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More reasons why there is no shift:

1.) Reluctance to change transit to fit users needs

Ivonne Audirac, 1AC Evidence, Florida State University, 5/16/2008[“Accessing Transit as Universal Design”, Journal of Planning Literature 2008, Sage Journals, http://jpl.sagepub.com/content/23/1/4.full.pdf+html]AB


Metropolitan planning organizations and regional transit authorities are poised to tackle this issue by becoming mobility managers of traditional and nontraditional transit services that expand mobility choices for all (TCRP 1999). This implies “costeffective public transit solutions for low-density areas that can address the travel needs of high-income and high-mobility seniors while at the same time addressing the travel needs of low-income and low-mobility seniors” (Burkhardt, McGavock, and Nelson 2002, 44). Lack of funding and reluctance to change transit to fit users’ needs (rather than the current practice of fitting users to transit) are major roadblocks for which multiple studies and research, commissioned by the TCRP, offer guidance for addressing and overcoming (TCRP 1997, 2000). Although a review of this research is outside the purview of this article, it would suffice to say that TCRP literature converges on a paradigm shift along the line described here as UD of transit. 9 Time will tell whether cities, transit authorities, and the Federal Transit Administration will fully embrace the paradigm. However, some progress in this direction has started to occur.


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