Metro Trying to Teach Disabled to Take Trains, BusesBy Weir, Kytja; Washington Examiner,
Publication Date: November 4, 2009
Article reports on a grant-funded program aimed at teaching people in the metropolitan District of Columbia area to use trains and buses instead of its MetroAccess shared-ride service. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will partner with three centers that work with people who have disabilities, with two trainers at each center providing as much as 10 hours of training for riders to travel safely and recognize landmarks on their routes. The program was initiated to mitigate Metro’s anticipated 144 million dollar funding shortfall in 2009, in part incurred due to a growing demand for MetroAccess, whose rides cost an average of 38 dollars. The program does not include training for visually impaired riders, who will be referred to a Metro specialist.
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