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Demand Responsive Transport and Its Capability in Addressing the Employment needs of Rural Areas

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dilum Dissanayake


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The technological advancements made within the Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) field have further propelled it forward to become a practical and viable solution to rural transport needs, reducing social exclusion and providing vital links to major public transport provisions. This paper investigates the specific link between DRT and its ability and appropriateness in catering to the employment needs of those living in rural areas; in an effort to determine whether or not the needs, issues and improved accessibility surrounding employment access are met through DRT or if special attention is needed to this particular topic of social exclusion. Results from this study shown that DRT can offer substantial benefits; however, sufficient sustainable demand and financing of ventures are key requirements to maintain its longevity. Without such, projects are at risk of failure and as a result eroding the benefits obtained by the community it serves.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Eastmond M, Dissanayake D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: The 7th International Conference of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies

Year of Conference: 2007

Pages: 229-244

ISSN: 1881-1132

Publisher: EASTS