October 29, 2008

Another Opportunity for Universal Design Thinking

Regina Canada has an opportunity. With its aging population it can reorient its economy to that market. Organizations like Smart Silvers Alliance specialize in ferreting out the business opportunities in this market. First, it seems, Regina must reconsider its infrastructure:

From January to the end of September, [Regina] Paratransit completed 134,341 trips, averaging roughly 15,000 trips per month.

However, during that same time period, 13,021 trips were refused due to a lack of capacity, an average of 1,447 per month. That is a considerable jump from a total of 5,279 unaccommodated trips during the same time period in 2007.

"We've always had more of a demand than we can accommodate. We just have an aging population, for example, that requires the service as well. We haven't had as many accessible taxicabs available so I think that things like that can also contribute as well," Griffin said.

The service runs at absolute capacity. While staff do all they can to carry as many passengers as possible, Griffin admitted the service is "maxed out."

Read the full story here.

Posted by rollingrains at October 29, 2008 12:07 AM