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Blind man tours Iowa to promote public transit

Accessibility| August 17, 2011
Frank Strong was awarded a grant from the Iowa DOT to ride all 18 of the state’s fixed-route bus systems to raise awareness of the value of public transit and assess the level of accessibility on the systems.

Complaints double for Honolulu’s accessible van service

Accessibility| August 17, 2011
Nearly one-quarter of the service’s fleet was taken out of service due to an electrical problem, causing delays for customers. Riders also complain about reservation wait time. In response, the city bought 38 new vehicles and hired three more reservationists.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

Chicago area seniors, disabled to get cab ride discounts

City of Des Plaines residents who are either 65 or older or have a disability may be eligible for a new Subsidized Taxicab Voucher Program that will provide a discount of $3 on cab rides.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

N.Y. paratransit rider complaints rise with service cuts

Staten Island-based Access-A-Ride customers' issues include being stranded at their destinations and difficulty in scheduling with the customer service department. The service recently implemented a number of cost-cutting measures.
Accessibility| August 17, 2011

D.C. paratransit restrictions slow growth

MetroAccess has stopped seeing double-digit percentages of ridership growth after increasing fares and tightening eligibility requirements. Some say the policy changes are too restrictive and are hurting riders.
Mobility| August 17, 2011

Canada improves accessibility standards

The update reflects the evolution of services offered to travelers with a disability since the original Code was issued in 1998.
University| August 8, 2011

UW-Madison eliminating most free handicapped parking

There currently are 73 free state DOT disabled parking stalls in surface lots across the UW-Madison campus, however, that number will drop to 16 over the next year with the university transitioning most of the free spaces to gated ramps and parking garages that require fees.
Accessibility| July 20, 2011

Canadian coach co. to expand accessible service program

Pacific Western Transportation's travel service program for patients needing to travel for out-of-town medical appointments features a Prevost luxury model coach equipped to accommodate wheelchair and scooter passengers.
Accessibility| July 20, 2011

Cuts to Ga. paratransit strand hundreds of riders

Cobb County commissioners approved the elimination of three Cobb Community Transit bus routes and associated paratransit lines to help fill a $27 million budget gap. The cuts will likely affect 463 paratransit riders.
Accessibility| July 20, 2011

N.J.-based transit provides vital service for riders

The LINK service, which includes demand-response, modified fixed route and subscription service, provides its riders — 48 percent of whom are disabled — a crucial link to various activities, including medical visits, trips to the grocery store, or even jobs.

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