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City changing bus service to aid disabled riders

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 10:00 pm

Disabled Lodi residents will soon have an easier way to get around town. The city is in the process of changing its reservation-based bus service to meet federal requirements by giving priority to disabled passengers.

A Federal Transit Administration review of the city's bus system recently found that the city lacked a "paratransit" service to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act rules.

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6 comments:

  • posted at 4:01 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2007.

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    The CC should not have the authority to set the standards for who qualifies as disabled and who does not.

     
  • posted at 2:29 pm on Wed, Nov 14, 2007.

    Posts:

    They can have the buses on my route they're empty anyway.

     
  • posted at 5:57 am on Wed, Nov 14, 2007.

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    Doctors already certify people to receive handicap placards for their cars. Why would there be different standards for the bus service? If the CC is planning on setting the standards, only the rich will be riding the new bus - not those who really need it. And if CC sets the standards, what authority do they have to do so?

     
  • posted at 5:44 am on Wed, Nov 14, 2007.

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    Tiffany Fink and MV have raised the prices on Dial a Ride so much that the average low income disabled senior citizen can't afford to ride anymore. How about creating a fare that actually helps these seniors that get left behind because they have no money, no family to help, and no body to care if they can get to their doctor or the grocery store without straining the small budget they live on.

     
  • posted at 5:25 am on Wed, Nov 14, 2007.

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    those empty busses are due to the fact that the dispatchers can't multi task very well... it's hard to gossip about the least favorite driver, take personal phone calls, and dispatch to the dial a ride drivers at the same time.....right girls

     
  • posted at 4:29 am on Wed, Nov 14, 2007.

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    Now the grape line might even have some passengers on it. Those constant empty pollution spewing buses have got to go if they can't be SELF-SUFFICIENT, not run by a money making scheme for the city by leasing to a sub-contractor and avoiding the union and decent wages for the transit employees.

     
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