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Cost-effective ADA service

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Introduction
[[Image:FresnoParatransit.jpg|right|thumb|350px|A Fresno paratransit vehicle waits outside one of Fresno's libraries. Source: Federal Transit Administration http://www.fta.dot.gov/about/region9_8954.html]]
Paratransit is almost always more expensive to provide than traditional fixed-route transit because it requires more labor per passenger and it generates minimal passenger revenue. On average, paratransit makes up about 1 percent of total ridership, but about 9 percent of operating costs.<ref>Transit Cooperative Research Program. [http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/159985.aspx TCRP Synthesis 74: Policies and Practices for Effectively and Efficiently Meeting ADA Paratransit Demand.”] 2008.</ref> In part because it is so much more expensive to provide paratransit service, it is very common for transit providers to contract out to private companies. [[Contracting transit operations]] is most effective for demand-responsive services.<ref>Transit Cooperative Research Program. [http://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/153664.aspx “TCRP Synthesis 31: Paratransit Contracting and Service Delivery Methods.”] 1998.</ref>Paratransit is an important link between [[public health and transit]] because it provides access to goods and services for people with disabilities.
==General Provision Strategies==
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