Posts Tagged ‘paratransit’

Metro trying to teach disabled to take trains, buses

By Kytja Weir © Washington Examiner, District of Columbia — Metro is seeking to teach some people with disabilities to use trains and buses instead of its MetroAccess service as a way to reduce the costly and growing shared-ride system. The transit agency has received a grant for most of the $1.2 million program to partner with three centers that work with people who have disabilities. It is slated to ask the Metro board on Thursday to kick in $85,000 for the two-year pilot project…. READ ARTICLE

Decision soon on fare hikes for disabled riders

By Marni Pyke © Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Illinois — Pace hearings into paratransit fare increases and cost cutting wrap up this week with officials expected to vote in October on setting a uniform $3 rate. The audience was sparse at a hearing in Arlington Heights Wednesday although Pace staff said a similar session in Chicago Monday drew more than 60 people. Pace provides the ride program for people with disabilities in the suburbs and took over service to Chicago three years ago. Since 2006, ridership has increased but so have costs, while revenues from sales taxes are flat. This year paratransit ran into a $20 million shortfall…. READ ARTICLE

Shutdown of RTA’s paratransit service averted

By Richard Wronski © Chicago Tribune — Under pressure from the federal government, the Regional Transit Authority on Thursday approved stopgap funding that averts a threatened October shutdown of paratransit service for some 40,000 disabled riders. But most users will be hit with higher fares as a result. This fall, disabled riders in Chicago who now pay $2.25 per ride and users in the collar counties who pay $2.50 will see fares rise to $3, matching the amount already paid by disabled riders in suburban Cook and DuPage Counties…. READ STORY