This study examined the relationship between transit service patterns and the spatial organization of individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily living residing within Utah’s Wasatch Front region to provide recommendations to improve the design, planning, and management of the Utah Transit Authority’s public transportation system. The study objectives included an accessibility Index of Transit Provision to represent fixed-route bus and light-rail service capacity, and an Index of Transit Need representing the spatial organization of individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily living and indicators of transportation disadvantage.
The findings suggest that 58.7% of individuals with disabilities living within the Wasatch Front Region do so in areas with greater than average transit disparity. The results identify 26 areas with very high transit disparity. Addressing those areas of higher transit disparity through prioritizing new transit investment or the reallocation of existing transit services will contribute to greater equity in individuals with disabilities’ access to activities of community living across the Wasatch Front Region.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Christensen, Keith M. and Song, Ziqi, "17-08 Transportation Access and Individuals with Disabilities' Community Integration" (2019). Transportation Research Center Reports. 40.