Organizations that provide or arrange for automobile or van transportation for individuals who want to travel within their community or to other nearby communities.
Programs that utilize buses to transport people to a specific destination (e.g., an airport or senior centre) or to other locations within the community (e.g., a shopping mall or downtown) following standard and regular routes and fixed time schedules.
Programs that provide flexibly scheduled and routed transportation services using low capacity vehicles such as vans for community residents who do not have private transportation and are unable to use the fixed-route public transportation system. Paratransit services generally operate within normal urban transit corridors or rural areas; and may be used by the general public or limited to special populations such as people who are elderly or have a disability, individuals who are not in a sober enough condition to drive their own vehicles or people who are endangered.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.