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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The grant, applied for under the Federal Transit Administration's Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, would have paid for 17 new buses, 18 paratransit vans and bus refurbishments for 40 buses over the next three years. Beau Evans,, "As its fleet ages, RTA seeks federal money for new buses, paratransit vehicles," 13 Apr. 2018 Average monthly paratransit trips in the 12 months through September 2018 rose 11% to 560,000. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Hit by $321 Million Cost Increase for Paratransit Program," 25 Nov. 2018 Officials estimate the authority can reduce its contracts with paratransit service providers by about $40 million annually over the next few years as more riders transition to e-hail. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA’s Cost-Saving Paratransit Program Proves Too Popular, Runs Up Big Tab," 5 Aug. 2018 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get free rides on RTA regional bus routes," 16 May 2018 Responding to criticism, the ATA's governing board on Wednesday rescinded a policy that exempted the city's RideKC bus service and paratransit provider from those laws.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

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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