The Courier: A Prototype Vehicle For Dial-A-Ride Service 700186
Dial-A-Ride is a dynamically routed and scheduled transportation system which offers a door-to-door alternative for those unable to use personal automobiles for all of their trips. Functioning as a public system it would economically replace conventional bus service in small and medium sized cities, or serve as a line haul transit feeder in larger cities. Additional applications serving major trip generators such as airports and shopping centers are also envisioned. This paper explains how Dial-A-Ride system would function. A prototype vehicle is described, which will be used in an ongoing evaluation and study program. It is a ten passenger luxury package, in keeping with the overall first class service image. All of the human engineering and safety features are explained in terms of actual service requirements. Modification of a standard automotive product insures low initial cost and low operating costs. The current prototype will be refined as field evaluation results are obtained, moving us closer to the objective of an ideal vehicle for dynamically routed and scheduled public transportation systems.