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Monday, August 31, 2009

Paratransit Improvements Possible with Recovery Act Funds

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that grants totaling $1.2 billion in Recovery Act funds will go to improve state and local transit systems in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and providing much needed transportation options for millions. Many of these grants will pay for paratransit services and accessible public transportation in communities around the country.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires transit agencies to provide paratransit services to people with disabilities who cannot use the fixed bus route or rail service (also known as mainline service). In general, paratransit service must be provided within 3/4 of a mile of a bus route or rail station, at the same hours and days, for no more than twice the regular fixed route fare. The ADA further requires that paratransit rides be provided to all eligible riders if requested any time the previous day, within an hour of the requested time.

Your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) or Protection and Advocacy agency may be able to help resolve eligibility issues.

To find the CIL nearest you, call the National Council on Independent Living at 877-525-3400 or go to Also, find it by clicking on your state at the website of Independent Living Research Utilization at

To find the Protection and Advocacy agency for your state, contact the National Disability Rights Network at 202-408-9514 or or

source : MS Foundation

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