Mich.'s Blue Water Area Transit adds Q'Straint Quantum securement system

Posted on August 28, 2017

Bus drivers no longer need to assist with the process, which will now take less than 25 seconds.
Bus drivers no longer need to assist with the process, which will now take less than 25 seconds.

Port Huron, Mich.’s Blue Water Area Transit is the first transit agency in Michigan to use the fully-automatic Quantum wheelchair securement system. With the new system, passengers quickly secure their wheelchairs or other mobility devices, such as scooters or Amigos, in a safe position after boarding a bus. Bus drivers no longer need to assist with the process, which will now take less than 25 seconds.

Quantum is designed to ensure new levels of rider independence, safety, and dignity. Wheelchair-using passengers simply push a button to engage the system’s automatic locking sequence. Quantum’s arms move into position and secure the passenger’s mobility device by gripping its wheels. The system continues to adjust its grip as needed during the bus ride.

“It is exciting that our local transit company is committed to two things: first, maximizing individual choice by using state of the art equipment and also raising public awareness by promoting this new resource,” said Jim Whalen, executive director, Blue Water Center for Independent Living (BWCIL). “It is important that access be enhanced and that knowledge about it spreads.”

BWCIL is a consumer driven organization that advocates, informs and supports all people with disabilities to live independently. The organization serves consumers in five counties.

“This new system helps us keep our buses on schedule, since drivers no longer need to leave their seats to help riders secure their wheelchairs,” explained Jim Wilson, BWAT GM. “When drivers no longer need to disrupt the boarding process, all of our passengers enjoy an improved travel experience.”

Wheelchair passengers are no longer singled out by a driver coming back to secure a wheelchair. The process has often frustrated riders, because it always takes time. People with disabilities are now able to get on the bus and go, just like all the other passengers.

Quantum gives bus drivers the flexibility to manage wheelchair securement from dashboard controls at the driver’s seat. If a passenger is unable to press the button, drivers can easily activate Quantum to secure a wheelchair or deactivate the system to allow a passenger to exit.

Wheelchair-using passengers are secured in a rear-facing position, which provides enhanced head and neck protection. This is the preferred method worldwide and is now being widely adopted in North America.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Inaugural 'Q'MANITARIAN' receives award from Q'STRAINT

Honors transportation professional with extraordinary dedication, devotion, and passion for enhancing accessibility and safety.

InterMotive teams to pilot ADA talking bus system

The initiative expands the company's 20-year partnership with PRIDE, which is the largest employer of people with disabilities in California.

N.Y. MTA seeks design-build teams to bring accessibility to stations

The teams will make full vertical accessibility at the stations by installing elevators and making other ADA improvements.

Chicago's Pace renews National Express paratransit contract

The renewal is based in part on the company’s proven partnership.

Detectable Warning Systems releases new ADA-compliant products

The offerings provide advanced rigid composite material solutions with “tactile cues” for either cast-in-place or surface applied construction and safety applications.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation