Accessible public transportation

March 16, 2010 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

After having lived in a city, I am aware of how important it is to have access to reliable public transportation.  It was also a time that I became very aware of the areas in which this system was inaccessible.  An article in the Washington Post further examines this issue, noting that allowing for more travel training would not only increase disabled passengers independence with riding the Metro, but also save them money. 

Although I do agree that travel training is imperative, as I was reading the article I kept wondering about the accessibility of the Metro, overall.  I was glad to have read that this was also acknowledged by the principal transportation planner with the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.  She states, “You can’t travel-train somebody if they can’t get to the bus stop.  All the travel training in the world can’t fix that.”  I could not agree more. 

So this begs the question, why only fund travel training?  Why not take a more holistic approach and fund both the travel training as well as the survey for accessibility?  After all, is this not the core barrier?

 What do you think?

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