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Evaluation of the action plan for accessible public transport for people with disabilities in Perth

By: Government of Western AustraliaContributor(s): Department of Planning and InfrastructurePublication details: Perth Government of Western Australia, 2001; Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Description: 7 delarSubject(s): Australia | Disabled person | Public transport | Accessibility | Planning | | Efficiency | | 111 | J04Online resources: Publikation/Publication Abstract: Background In December 1995, Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) - formerly Transport WA published Going Out and Getting There: Action Plan for Accessible Public Transport for People with Disabilities in Perth (Action Plan) which was developed under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). The Action Plan represented the Minister's commitment to enhance access to the public transport system. The Action Plan focussed principally on the areas of public transport in Perth for which DPI has direct responsibility, ie, policy and planning, buses, ferries, trains and taxis. It also addressed to some extent issues relating to school buses, community transport and the pedestrian environment. The intent of the Action Plan is to remove discrimination in the provision of existing public transport services as well as providing for accessible public transport in the planning of new initiatives. Transport assumed ongoing responsibility for implementing the reforms contained in the Action Plan. In accordance with the DDA, an evaluation of the Action Plan is to be completed every 3-5 years. English Kretzschmar & Associates, an independent external Consultancy conducted the evaluation. The main objective of the review was to determine how effective DPI has been in providing equal access to the facilities and services it provides. The Evaluation demonstrates that DPI has implemented most of the reforms and has been extremely effective in monitoring the implementation. There is still work to be done and DPI will continue its work to enhance the accessible public transport services and in making its facilities fully accessible.
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Background In December 1995, Department for Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) - formerly Transport WA published Going Out and Getting There: Action Plan for Accessible Public Transport for People with Disabilities in Perth (Action Plan) which was developed under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). The Action Plan represented the Minister's commitment to enhance access to the public transport system. The Action Plan focussed principally on the areas of public transport in Perth for which DPI has direct responsibility, ie, policy and planning, buses, ferries, trains and taxis. It also addressed to some extent issues relating to school buses, community transport and the pedestrian environment. The intent of the Action Plan is to remove discrimination in the provision of existing public transport services as well as providing for accessible public transport in the planning of new initiatives. Transport assumed ongoing responsibility for implementing the reforms contained in the Action Plan. In accordance with the DDA, an evaluation of the Action Plan is to be completed every 3-5 years. English Kretzschmar & Associates, an independent external Consultancy conducted the evaluation. The main objective of the review was to determine how effective DPI has been in providing equal access to the facilities and services it provides. The Evaluation demonstrates that DPI has implemented most of the reforms and has been extremely effective in monitoring the implementation. There is still work to be done and DPI will continue its work to enhance the accessible public transport services and in making its facilities fully accessible.

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