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CIVITAS Case Study - Improved Bus Services for the Disabled

From September 2009 to June 2010 five special minibuses were introduced in Brno. These now operate on specific lines for mobility-impaired people and also on regular lines in low demand areas or in the evenings and during the weekends, when the special lines are out of service. The basic requirement for the minibuses were that they should be able to transport at least six wheelchairs at the same time. This goal was achieved and the feedback from both mobility-impaired and other passengers is positive. Comparisons between the operation costs of minibuses and their standard counterparts show that the former are much cheaper and can save approximately 0.25 EUR/km.