para·​tran·​sit | \ˌper-ə-ˈtran(t)-sət, -ˈtran-zət, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of paratransit 

: transportation service that supplements larger public transit systems by providing individualized rides without fixed routes or timetables

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As if that weren’t bad enough, all these DIY taxi services are clogging city streets and slowing buses and paratransit vehicles that are equipped to transport people with disabilities. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps are ‘useless’ for disabled riders, NYC advocates say," 26 May 2018 While the true cost of the average bus ride is $6, the cost of a paratransit ride is $40; both services receive operating subsidies. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Seniors, disabled to get free rides on RTA regional bus routes," 16 May 2018 Responding to criticism, the ATA's governing board on Wednesday rescinded a policy that exempted the city's RideKC bus service and paratransit provider from those laws. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "KC transit authority gives up on secrecy stance and will follow open records laws," 6 June 2018 Both have partnered with a few dozen cities to supplement public transit with late-night service, paratransit rides, connections and extra capacity in lightly populated areas. Carolyn Said,, "How Uber and Lyft are scooting their way to global domination of transport," 23 June 2018 The proposal will also cover improvements to buses and paratransit services and could depend on changes to labor and procurement rules so that the work could be done more quickly. New York Times, "A Sweeping Plan to Fix the Subways Comes With a $19 Billion Price Tag," 22 May 2018 Eighty thousand paratransit trips are completed out of Howard County annually, according to Graham. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Seniors, disabled to get free rides on RTA regional bus routes," 16 May 2018 Indeed, 12 employees lost their homes, and buildings throughout the area surrounding the park were gutted, as was the park's research lab, two buses and a paratransit vehicle. Maryann Thompson,, "Let Safari West’s wildlife and glamping transport you to 'Sonoma's Serengeti'," 1 May 2018 Five percent of that fare would go to funding paratransit. Bill Turque, kansascity, "It began with low rates, but Uber-style service for disabled riders became too popular | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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