Articles Tagged With: accessibility
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April 2013

Braun Corp. founder, CEO dies

Among his contributions, Ralph Braun is remembered for his efforts to ensure that students with disabilities could get to and from school safely.

February 2013

Five Questions-APTA Chair Flora Castillo

Officially became the 2012-2013 chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) at the start of the APTA Annual Meeting last October in Seattle. Castillo, APTA’s first Latina chair, is a member of the New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) board of directors, having been appointed by former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman in 1999, and reappointed by three different governors.

September 2012

Revamped paratransit program saves $25 million

As part of its revamped paratransit program, Metro provides travel training and outreach to customers with disabilities to teach them about the accessibility features of the bus and rail systems.

August 2012

Mich. operator adds 'hearing loop' tech

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Owosso, Mich., motorcoach operator Indian Trails Inc. partnered to install “hearing loop” technology on a fleet of 17 motorcoaches, operating 34 scheduled routes that serve passengers throughout Michigan.

May 2012

Enhancing independence through transit travel training

The ability to live a self-sufficient life is important to everyone, and the ability to travel between home and destinations of choice is an integral part of self-sufficient living. Some people with disabilities use paratransit services to get where they need to go while others use fixed-route systems.

March 2012

Wheelchair accessible taxis coming to NYC

Terry Moakley is an accessible transportation advocate. He was employed at United Spinal Association in East Elmhurst, N.Y., for 36 years and he continues to serve on its board of directors. Moakley also is past-president of the Association of Travel Instruction, whose members primarily are public transportation travel trainers or mobility specialists. He can be contacted at tmoakley@unitedspinal.org.

December 2011

Mich. transit’s ‘buddy system’ gives senior, disabled riders guidance

Monroe, Mich.-based Lake Erie Transit (LET) rolled out a "buddy system" in October to help seniors and new riders acclimate to using the transit system. The program is similar to travel training, but with more personal service, Mark Jagodzinski, LET's GM, said.

July 2011

RIPTA to bring accessible taxicabs to area

Originally planning to begin the program in September, RIPTA had settled on buying Chrysler minivans. However, because RIPTA plans to buy 10 vans, the vehicles must pass Altoona testing; a process which the vans previously selected had not gone through.

June 2011

BART launches mobile seat lab to elicit customer feedback

The mobile seat lab took several months to create and contains four stations, each equipped with several different seats.

February 2010

Central Arkansas weathers recession with budgeting, stimulus funding

Using $5.4 million in stimulus funding it received, the Central Arkansas Transit system purchased four paratransit vehicles and eight fixed-route buses. As a result, Executive Director Betty Wineland said that for the first time in more than 33 years, the agency will have no buses in its fleet that exceed the recommended 12-year retirement age.

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