PTaccess - Public Transport Systems' Accessibility for Disabled People in Europe
03/10/2008 | 0 comments
PTaccess analyses the state of accessibility of public transport systems for people with disabilities in Europe.
Furthermore PTaccess analyses the costs and benefits of good practice examples in making public transport accessible and will deepen the understanding of the transport related contexts of social exclusion of people with disabilities.
This project is supported through the Research for policy support heading of the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme, PRIORITY 8.1 Policy-oriented research, Scientific support to policies -- SSP
One specific area, for which there is still lack of EU level data, is the accessibility of public transport for people with disabilities and its impact on the employment and social integration prospects of people with disabilities.
PTaccess now offers the chance to fill this gap in knowledge and obtain actual information on the current state of accessibility of urban and rural public transport systems in 25 EU member states. For each member state PTaccess will analyse the state of accessibility of public transport from the point of view of national disabled organisations, national transport operators, and governmental authorities. For regions where public transport is not accessible PTaccess will identify and analyse applied alternative transport solutions (Work Package 1).
PTaccess will also identify and analyse good practices and innovation in making public transport accessible, and enhance the scientific base of policy by providing a sound assessment of the costs and benefits of making public transport accessible (Work Package 2).
Furthermore PTaccess will deepen the understanding of the transport-related contexts of social exclusion of disabled people, and draw conclusions about the effect which accessible public transport has on employment and social inclusion prospects for disabled people. (Work Package 3).
PTaccess will directly contact national experts within each of 25 member states as well as draw on results of other projects and initiatives. The project outcomes will be downloadable from the project website, and will be distributed to European stakeholders by electronic newsletters, press releases, and via network-contacts.
PTaccess is coordinated by Austrian Mobility Research FGM-AMOR, who have already successfully delivered many EU projects and studies. The consortium, which includes experts from all relevant stakeholder groups, will provide excellence know-how and experience of various disciplines.
The PTaccess-project runs from the 1st of February 2007 until the 31st of January 2009.
* This project is supported through the Research for policy support heading of the European Union's Sixth Framework Programme, PRIORITY 8.1 Policy-oriented research, Scientific support to policies - SSP
* CALL IDENTIFIER: FP6-2005.SSP-5A
* Priority Area 2.4: Quality of life issues relating to handicapped/disabled people, Task 1: Accessibility of public transport systems for people with disabilities
* Contract no.: 44289
Two reports and the PTaccess project brochure can be downloaded from the right-hand panel, in PDF format.
All the reports of the project are available for download from the PTaccess website.