People with disabilities (e.g. wheelchair users) can experience reduced chances in the field of housing, education, employment, etc. Partly due to ageing, an increase of people with a decreased mobility is expected in the near future. The pressure on reception capacity will raise and the need to live longer at home urges itself upon the society. Accessible and adapted transport can facilitate autonomous living. To date, the main problem was the dispersed and lack of area covering nature of the current supply. This business plan is the next step towards an area covering, complementary and integrated accessible transport system.
Market research: the opinion of involved persons
By carrying out a market study, we assessed the needs and wishes of all persons involved, because their opinion is necessary to design the transport system. How much do they want to pay per kilometre to travel? Are they willing to travel during off peak times at a lower cost? … We estimate the current number of users and make a prediction for the future. We also investigated the impact of (policy) measures on the transportation behaviour of people with disabilities and more precisely on the use of adapted transport.
Finally, IMOB developed a trip scheduling model. This model calculates the required (transport) resources, when the trip scheduling is optimized (namely saving costs by scheduling trips carefully). We aim to reduce the number of transport resources, kilometres as well as the time spent on transporting passengers.