For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

For Multi-modal communities w/large populations

For the Multi-modal communities with having large populations with surrounding rural areas, in conjunction with the increases of aging baby-boomers, disabled communities, the health benefits of these communities to continue to network, stay active in the remaining life span, while the aging infrastructure of major metropolitan areas are weighted with other costs, including the burdens of transporting these same communities of the population from surrounding rural areas:Where feasible-Route paratransit services in the most dense portions of cities, in order to extend door to door paratransit services in outlying areas. Then, in large Cities some wheelchair users will be able to make it to their nearby fixed route or paratransit stops because of improved sidewalk areas, whereas other people with disabilities are not able to do so, or people living in outlying areas with unimproved sidewalk areas. There does need to be a mutual agreement, if the person with the disability, however mobile, can make it to that stop, is guaranteed that transit, must suffice provide that transit be able to accommodate all people with disabilities as needed. There should be no reason a wheelchair user that is able to get from house to sidewalk to stop for paratransit, cannot do so, while a person with a disability that cannot is denied paratransit because of not being able to ride a bus, but can make it to the stop. We do have a rapidly aging population, where engineers are designing multi-modal communities, walkable, stickable, and wheelable are the future where access is truly equal.


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    Wadaduga ~ Dragonfly

    I lived in one state, where the different counties provided all the para transit within their state, but only within their county. so what they did, was utilize highway rest areas located on the edge of each county, to swap out patients who needed to go to medical appts at a hospital (VA or civilian) in the next county, & the reverse arrangement to get those patients home again. The patient made the travel arrangement within their own county system, it was input for that day's routing, & all the county paratransits involved got the updates so they knew how many to expect to see at the switchover locations. it was an EXCELLENT way to not stress out each county's transit budgets & the patients all carried transit ID cards identifying them as eligible for FREE paratransit transportation. The same Paratransit was available, for a low cost fare, to take disabled to authorized area shopping stops such as a mall or large grocery stores.