CARS ON THE GO!
On Wednesday, may 3, 2018, Kate Anderson of Disability Rights Maryland and Michael Gerlach from Comsumers FOr Accessible Ride Services were interviewed by Aaron Henkin for Life in the Balance, a monthly program on WYPR. The show focussed on the Open Society Institute (OSI) and accessible transportation in Baltimore. You can find out more about the full interview here or you can download a copy here.
Consumers For Accessible Ride Services (CARS)
The Consumers For Accessible Ride Services (CARS) committee is an advocacy group made up of concerned transit riders with disabilities. CARS was set up to educate riders about their rights, advocate on their behalf, if necessary, with transportation service providers, and ensure that riders receive the "World Class customer Service" that MTA says they are going to provide.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 states:
Section 12143. Paratransit as a complement to fixed route service.
- (a) General rule. It shall be considered discrimination for purposes of section 12132 of this title and section 794 of title 29 for a public entity which operates a fixed route system (other than a system which provides solely commuter bus service) to fail to provide with respect to the operations of its fixed route system, in accordance with this section, paratransit and other special transportation services to individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs that are sufficient to provide to such individuals a level of service.
- 1. which is comparable to the level of designated public transportation services provided to individuals without disabilities using such system; or
- 2. in the case of response time, which is comparable, to the extent practicable, to the level of designated public transportation services provided to individuals without disabilities using such system.
With this in mind, CARS is dedicated to ensuring that anyone with a disability who rides fixed route and paratransit systems in the Baltimore metropolitan area are treated fairly and provided with the appropriate services that they are entitled to under the ADA. If for some reason, these rights are violated, then we will assist in making sure that your voice is heard.
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 443-585-CARS (2277).
Follow us on Facebook at Consumers For Accessible Ride Services Page or on Twitter: @cars_baltimore
We would like to thank Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) for partnering with CARS and for all the great support they provide. If you need legal assistance in any disability matters, they can be contacted at: Disability Rights Maryland | 1500 Union Avenue | Baltimore, MD 21211 | Phone 410-727-6352 | Fax 410-727-6389 | www.disabilityrightsmd.org