AMMA’s Heather Menninger and Riverside Transit Agency’s (RTA) Virginia Werly recently collaborated on a paper that studied the cost-savings to transit providers by providing fixed-route travel training.
Of the nearly 5200 papers submitted toTransportation Research Board for the 2014 Annual Meeting, this was one of the few to be recommended for Presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting and Publication in the 2014 Transportation Research Record series (Journal of the Transportation Research Board).
Titled “ADA Cost Savings and Increased Fixed-Route Ridership through Transit Agency-Provided Travel Training“, Menninger and Werly’s paper uses RTA’s Freedom to Go Travel Training Program to document long-term riding experiences of travel trained individuals through analysis of GFI farebox data.
This paper documents the almost $333,000 in cost-saving RTA saw in its first full program year.The paper reports on trainees’ fixed-route use, some additional outcomes RTA has affected due to increased understanding of barriers to use by its ADA riders and overall demand trends in RTA’s ADA program.
The RTA Travel Training program is for people with disabilities and older adults who want to learn to travel safely and independently using public transportation. Travel training is a free self-paced process where an individual, regardless of ability or age, can learn to ride RTA’s fixed-route system. More about Freedom to Go is available here.
Menninger and Werly will be notified in the next few months if the paper is selected for publication and presentation, though the odds look good. Reviews commented on the paper’s quality writing, well documented research and needed contribution to literature on the topic of travel training.