The Future of NEMT Comfort & Mobility
Learn how the Traversa™ Transport Wheelchair (Patent Pending) can help your NEMT business improve your passenger experience, lower costs, and increase revenue.
Save Time & Money
Enhance Passenger Comfort
Estimate your savings with Traversa:
Save up to $116,800 per year*
2 Traversa Transport Wheelchair with 1 operator per chair
*This is an estimate only. Labor wages, business expenses, and overall cost will vary from business to business.
Want to lower your initial cost?
Broda offers financing options to equip your fleet faster!
We estimate your savings by first estimating your operating costs with stretchers and subtracting the estimated operating expenses with Traversa Transport Wheelchairs.
These estimates include the cost to purchase each stretcher or wheelchair, the average wages in the United States for a full-time NEMT employee, and the average yearly maintenance cost per piece of equipment.
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair costs less than a stretcher, only requires one attendant per vehicle, and has lower maintenance costs.
Broda is a trusted manufacturer of durable medical equipment for any care environment.
Better Than a Stretcher
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair can handle up to 90% of stretcher trips. The Traversa outshines traditional stretchers with its unparalleled comfort, safety, and efficiency for NEMT.
|Made for NEMT
|Comfortable for Passengers
|Adjustable for Many Passenger Sizes
|Can be used by a single operator
|High Return on Investment
Raising the NEMT Standard
Equipped with driver-friendly features, the Traversa is preferred by NEMT companies and passengers nationwide.
Crash-Tested for Peace of Mind
When it comes to your passengers’ safety, there’s no room for guesswork. That’s why we crash-tested the Traversa to meet the stringent WC19 standards for wheelchair transportation.
Reduces Driver Workload
Gone are the days of needing two attendants for each trip. A single driver can steer the Traversa with minimal effort. With our rollerboard technology, a driver can also help a passenger in and out of the wheelchair with no lifting required.
Maneuver Easily in Tight Spaces
The Traversa’s streamlined design fits easily through small spaces. For tight turns, engage the Pivot Assist System™ for easy lateral movement and a 360° swivel.
Fits Most Passengers
One Traversa wheelchair fits most passengers, handling weights up to 450 lbs! If your passenger is smaller or larger than usual, there’s no need to switch equipment. With a few simple adjustments, you’ll be on your way.
Elevating Seat Height
Easily raise and lower the wheelchair to the height of a bed, exam table, MRI machine, and more! Use the ergonomic foot pump to lift passengers up to 32”!
How Can We Help Answer Your Questions?
Learn more about how the Traversa can help you increase efficiency, cut costs, and boost revenue for your NEMT business.
How is the Traversa Transport Wheelchair different than other Broda products?
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair is designed especially for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) companies to use with multiple passengers per day. This wheelchair is intended for transit purposes only.
Broda’s original product line of personal wheelchairs, shower commodes, and gliders are intended for use by one specific person, for as long as that person needs assistance with mobility and comfort in their everyday lives.
While many of Broda’s personal wheelchair products are WC19 certified for vehicle transit, these wheelchairs are intended to provide enhanced freedom for the wheelchair owner. They aren’t intended for commercial NEMT use.
The Traversa Transport Wheelchairs
Broda Personal Wheelchairs
Crash-Tested and WC19 certified for vehicle transit.
Select models are crash-tested and WC19 certified for vehicle transit.
Intended for multiple passengers, with adjustable sizing.
Intended for one specific user at a time. Sizing is custom to the wheelchair user.
Includes standard, transit-friendly features, such as the Pivot Assist System.
Includes more customization options for the wheelchair user’s daily comfort, condition-specific needs, and personal preference.
How is the Traversa Transport Wheelchair different than a basic transport wheelchair?
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair offers a safer, more comfortable ride for passengers. It is also much more durable than a standard transport wheelchair.
Traversa Transport Wheelchair
Standard Transport Wheelchair
Crash-Tested and WC19 Certified for Safety
May not be WC19 Certified. Poor Performance in Crashes
Better Passenger Comfort
Poor Passenger Comfort
High Durability & Excellent Warranty
Low Durability, Needs Frequent Replacement
Raises and Lowers for Easy Lateral Transfers
Only Standing Transfers Possible
Stable and Secure on Ramps
Fall Risk During Loading & Unloading
How is the Traversa Transport Wheelchair different than a stretcher?
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair offers some benefits of a stretcher with many added benefits.
Traversa Transport Wheelchair
Lower Purchase Price
Higher Purchase Price
Only One Operator Needed
Two Operators Needed
Low Tipping Risk
Higher Tipping Risk
Better Passenger Comfort
Poor Passenger Comfort, Requires Traveling while Lying Flat on the Back
Raises and Lowers with an Ergonomic Foot Pump
Raises and Lowers with Manual Lifting or Electric Apparatus
Fits in small or large transport vans
Requires a larger transport van
Low Maintenance Costs and Replacement Parts
Higher Maintenance Costs and Replacement Parts
Is the Traversa Transport Wheelchair crash-tested?
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair is crash-tested by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute to meet or exceed the WC19 standards for wheelchairs used as vehicle seats. UMTRI tested the Traversa Transport Wheelchair in an occupied, front collision test.
WC19-compliant wheelchairs have welded securement brackets, an absence of sharp edges, and compatibility with occupant restraint systems.
Want to learn more about our testing process? Our NEMT wheelchair specialists would love to talk with you.
What are the Dimensions of the Traversa Transport Wheelchair?
The Traversa Transport Wheelchair fits comfortably in most wheelchair-accessible minivans, vans, and buses. We recommend that your vehicle have a height clearance of at least 48” and that your ramp be a minimum of 29” wide.
Common van models used for non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) include the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster vans. Common mini-van models include the Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Toyota Sienna. Contact your local vehicle conversion dealer for more information on vehicle models, dimensions, and specifications. Some vehicle models can be configured to fit multiple wheelchairs, increasing your trip capacity.
- Maximum Height: 52” (Full, Upright Position)
- Minimum Height: 48” (In full tilt)
- Width: 27 5/8”
- Length: 58” (leg support in the lowest position)
- Length when in Full Recline: 73”
Will the Traversa Transport Wheelchair fit in my vehicle?
In order to use the Traversa, you will need a wheelchair-accessible van or minivan. This vehicle should have a minimum height clearance of 48” and a ramp or lift that is a minimum of 29” wide. The Traversa is compatible with both rear-entry and side-entry ramps, although if you have a side-entry ramp, we highly recommend upgrading your wheelchair to include the optional Pivot Assist System, which allows you to turn the wheelchair to face forward once in the van. Your vehicle must also have a floor-mounted wheelchair securement system, such as one from Q’Straint.
Does the Traversa Transport Wheelchair require two operators?
No! Unlike a stretcher or gurney, one person can safely operate the Traversa Transport Wheelchair. The wheelchair is easy to maneuver and does not present a tip or fall hazard. It is easy to push, raise and lower the wheelchair, reposition the occupant, and wheel the passenger onto a ramp or lift. With this equipment, a single operator can even eliminate much of the potential risk of transporting people with limited mobility.
Is manual lifting required to raise the seat surface height of the Traversa Transport Wheelchair?
No! Operators can easily raise and lower the height of the Traversa Wheelchair without any manual lifting. Instead, the lift mechanism operates with an ergonomic foot pump. No more straining with your arms or back!
How do I perform lateral transfers with the Traversa Transport Wheelchair?
Yes, it is easy to perform lateral transfers with the Traversa Transport Wheelchair.
- Remove the upper lateral support and arm support closest to the passenger’s bed.
- Position the wheelchair next to the bed.
- Activate the rear wheel locks by pressing on the pad closest to the back of the wheelchair.
- Place the wheelchair in the fully reclined position
- Use the foot pump to raise the wheelchair to be level with the passenger’s bed.
- Use a sheet or transfer board to slide the passenger from their bed into the wheelchair.
- Lower the wheelchair height by pressing and holding the front pad on the foot pump.
- After the wheelchair is in the lowest position, replace the upper lateral support and arm support and lock them into position.
- Raise the passenger from the reclined position and reposition them to their comfort.
Are there any power components to the Traversa Transport Wheelchair?
All of the components on the Traversa Transport Wheelchair are manual, assisted by weighted cylinders to make the adjustments easy for a single operator to perform. There are no power components, nor is there a power model available. The manual nature of the Traversa means that you will never need to charge the wheelchair or replace batteries to make sure the components function properly.
How do I secure the Traversa Transport Wheelchair in my vehicle?
Securing the Traversa Transport Wheelchair in your accessible vehicle is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- After you have loaded the Traversa into your vehicle, locate the four tie-down straps on the floor of the vehicle.
- Attach the hooks of each strap onto the red securement brackets located at the front and rear of the wheelchair. Tighten the straps to ensure there is no slack.
- Buckle the occupant into the wheelchair using the 5-point harness.
How does the Traversa Transport Wheelchair increase trip capacity?
The Traversa allows you to be versatile enough to transport a wide variety of passengers, from ambulatory to wheelchair-dependent, without swapping equipment or making trips back to your headquarters. This allows you to efficiently go from a gurney trip to a wheelchair trip, with no downtime in between. A tighter operating schedule means more trips and more revenue for you and your business!