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APEX Accessibility and Public Transport Experiment
This project started in 1996 and was completed in 2000. APEX aimed to develop a better understanding of the accessibility issue and to develop a methodology for evaluating accessibility which includes concepts such as perception and quality as well as distance and time. A major element of this was to establish the means by which accessibility can be delivered to the community through a combination of advice, infrastructure and public transport services. This project was central to the development of our accessibility work and its outcomes are helping us to deliver the means by which the other projects can be measured and evaluated. We developed a methodology for evaluating problems caused by different barriers. This was developed and tested with the assistance of a group of people with a wide variety of accessibility problems. The methodology involves testing the extent to which an element of the public transport system is a barrier to people. Using the number of people for whom a barrier exists as the means of evaluation, it is possible to compare the effects of different barriers. This would allow comparison of the effects anticipated from different proposed schemes which aim to enhance accessibility. The methodology was tested in a pilot exercise with a small number of participants. Results were very encouraging and a more extensive testing phase is being developed.
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