The situation of users of complementary public transport services in Switzerland
At a glance
- Project leader : Prof. Dr. Brigitte Gantschnig
- Deputy of project leader : Prof. Dr. Verena Klamroth-Marganska
- Project team : Selina Marita Egger, Philipp Egli, Dr. Martina Filippo
- Project budget : CHF 372'000
- Project status : ongoing
- Funding partner : Federal government (Eidgenössisches Büro für die Gleichstellung von Menschen mit Behinderungen EBGB), Foundation (Stiftung Behindertentransport Kanton Bern)
- Project partner : Stiftung Behindertentransport Kanton Bern, AGILE.CH Organisationen von Menschen mit Behinderung
- Contact person : Brigitte Gantschnig
The Occupational Therapy Research Unit investigates the view of
users of public transport-supplementary driving services on how and
in which areas they experience restrictions in their mobility.
Mobility plays an essential role in different areas of life. These include independent coping with everyday life, social participation, performing a job or occupation, using health-related services or participating in cultural, sporting or other social events.
People who, due to disabilities, cannot use public transport (PT) or can only do so with restrictions, are dependent on the offer of PT-supplementary driving services. These take over a transport assignment in cases where public transport is not accessible without obstacles for people with disabilities.
For various reasons, however, their use is limited.
The objective of the study is to find out in which areas people are impaired in their daily life due to their mobility impairment. The results will be used to identify improvements that may be necessary in the area of complementary public transport services.
Method and procedure
In the first, qualitative study, people with mobility impairments who use the public transport supplementary driving service are interviewed about their experiences with it.
The results serve as a basis for a quantitative determination of the view of people who cannot use public transport or can only use it with restrictions due to disabilities, what their needs are and how and in which areas they experience restrictions in their mobility.
Furthermore, a nationwide overview of the existing legal requirements and their gaps concerning the mobility of people who cannot use public transport or can only use it with restrictions due to disabilities will be compiled.
Finally, recommendations for action and the development of concrete solution proposals for the necessary adaptation of mobility offers and financing systems will be developed.