CHICAGO — Last week, Pace board members approved a 75-cent fare increase and voted to eliminate the $150 Americans with Disabilities Act monthly pass, in order to help balance the 2009 budget. For the full story, click here.
A Chronicle investigation this month found that Leap purchased used, wheelchair-accessible public transit buses and then retrofitted them to add bar-style seating and plush leather armchairs to the spaces once reserved for wheelchairs.
About a dozen members of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan, some with canes and service dogs, gathered outside the terminal for about two hours on Sunday displaying hand-lettered signs like “We are not second-class citizens,” “Safety for Seniors” and “Equal Rights for Disabled Travelers.”
Service users are routinely picked up and dropped off late for critical medical appointments, and are often put on hold for long periods of time by MTA's Mobility/Paratransit Service, the lawsuit says.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's board voted unanimously to part ways with Select Ride and awarded a new, three-year contract for door-to-door services for people with disabilities and seniors to Blue Cab, beginning May 1.
Transit advocates say the crisis with the Casino Revenue Fund has become so acute that state lawmakers must intervene — otherwise, paratransit riders may be left stranded. They characterized it as a life-or-death situation, including the possibility that some dialysis patients may not be able to make it to the hospital for their treatments.
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