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.
To enhance understanding of the Act, the new circular offers a user-friendly, one-stop resource on its requirements.
The course is instructed by Halsey King, a well renowned speaker and writer on maintenance and technology issues, that includes repair, inspection and management of vehicle fleets.
The about-face came just six days after an internal audit of the city's public transportation system was released to the council. In it is a recommendation to raise paratransit rates to $2.50 a ride from the $2 fee riders have paid since 1996.
Since the ADA’s signing in 1990, AC Transit and BART have worked to ensure disabled residents are able to enjoy the many benefits of public transportation. The two agencies joined together in 1994 to form the East Bay Paratransit Consortium.
A paratransit fare increase may be proposed to fill the gap; however, Pace Executive Director T.J. Ross acknowledged it would be very difficult for those riders to absorb.
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