Transportation of Special User Groups
While Transportation Alternatives has considerable expertise in the transit, paratransit, school bus, special education, motorcoach, taxi, non-emergency medical transportation and airport and hotel shuttle fields, the Company has specialized largely in the transportation of individuals with special needs, infants and children:
- elderly individuals
- physically challenged individuals (including infants)
- developmentally challenged individuals (including infants)
Examples of project and policy work in areas related to these individuals are described in various sections of this website — In particular, TA's expert witness assistance to attorneys and insurance companies service these special user groups (see Safety Consulting and Expert Witness Services), many TA President Ned Einstein's articles published in national trade magazines (Articles by Ned Einstein), and the majority of the Company's policy work (Policy Formulation and Analysis).
Particularly with respect to demand-responsive and other non-traditional transportation serving forms and structures, TA's design efforts have proven repeatedly that it costs less to provide efficient and safe services that limit liability exposure than it does to provide unreliable, sloppy and dangerous services. (See Principles of System Design and Principles of Paratransit Design.) Equally as interesting, efforts to optimize service for a special user group (e.g., accommodating schoolchildren on public transit services) have demonstrated that the characteristics integrated into these services on their behalf have provided equal or greater benefits to the ridership at large. (See Transportation System Design, Pulse Feeder/Circulator System.) Similarly, TA's efforts to mediate a dispute between the disabled residents of Los Angeles County and its countywide transit authority (LACMTA) were aimed at improving transit service in general — not undermining it at the expense of improved service to just wheelchair users (see Safety Consulting and Expert Witness Services).