News Tagged With: disabled-transportation
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May 12, 2014

Video shows transit hazards for Texas riders with disabilities

Some have trouble boarding VIA Metropolitan Transit buses and have suffered falls resulting in injuries. The buses and their ramps meet ADA standards, but many of the bus stops are not built to accommodate bus ramps, which causes riders to navigate steep climbs.


March 24, 2014

Tri-Rail to give disabled veterans free rides after group’s donation

A chapter of the Disabled American Veterans raised $5,000 to buy rail passes for disabled veterans after noticing that many take Tri-Rail to VA hospitals for treatment. That prompted agency board members to start a program that would make Tri-Rail trips free for all disabled veterans in Broward, Palm and Miami-Dade counties.


December 9, 2013

Disabled brace for possible BART, AC Transit strikes

While one agency reaches the end of its "cooling-off period" and another could strike any time, passengers say they are disproportionately affected.


November 25, 2013

N.Y. transit gives free rides to disabled veterans

Lift Line, RGRTA’s paratransit system, is paying for the service with $10,500 in funds from the FTA and local partners.


October 14, 2013

Ohio DOT invests $3M in paratransit

The money will be used to purchase new, previously unavailable vehicles and equipment. The funding is part of the agency’s Specialized Transportation Program, which was put in place to increase personal mobility for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.


September 16, 2013

Va. transit may end weekend service for disabled riders

Greater Richmond Transit Co. is running out of funds to keep the program running. Demand for the service has spiked by 75% over the last 10 years.


August 12, 2013

As costs soar, N.H. senior transportation service struggles

The cost has risen from $180,000 in 2009 to slightly less than $900,000 this year as demand from senior and disabled residents increases. Some cities and towns have cut their contributions to the service.


July 15, 2013

N.Y. taxi program has slow start, costs $1.1M

The pilot service is part of an effort to improve service at a lower cost. However, the program in Yonkers ended up not being implemented and the service in White Plains provided 2,985 rides, which is significantly fewer than anticipated.


April 15, 2013

Conn. group begins paratransit, travel training service

Rides for Ridgefield, a new town transportation alliance, will begin service on May 1. The program will provide area seniors and those with mobility disabilities with a single source for ride information and transportation counseling.


April 15, 2013

Calif. town residents start bus service for seniors, disabled

Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs debuted its new “44 Express” route. The idea for the service came from town residents, who said better transportation is needed for their area since the Redding Area Bus Authority doesn’t make trips there.


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