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Rabbittransit recognizes day for people with disabilities

Julia Scheib
505-5439/@JuliaDispatch

Dec. 3 marks the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was established in 1992 to promote awareness and support for important issues to further the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

"Transportation plays a key role in the ability to become an active member of a community and to access opportunities," said a news release from rabbittransit, which makes an effort to address the needs of riders with disabilities.

According to the release, rabbittransit provides nearly 2 million trips a year and receives guidance from the Transportation Partnership on Mobility (TPOM), a member citizen committee that advises staff on plans and programs in an effort to improve access to services.

Citizens are encouraged to attend the next meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. At the meeting there will be an interactive session with the York County Planning Commission pertaining to the 2016 York Fixed Route Transit Development Plan.

According to the release, some accessibility features on rabbittransit are:

  • Ramps on buses that extend for easier boarding or a power lift if needed. Also, most rabbittransit buses can “kneel,” lowering the first step closer to the curb.
  • All vehicles have priority seating areas inside by the door for seniors and riders with limited mobility, plus space for mobility devices.

  • At transfer centers there are textured tiles along the length of the boarding platform to warn riders when they’re near the platform edge. Riders can feel these tiles with their feet or a cane.

  • Inside the buses, major stops and transfer points are announced over the speaker system and displayed on a reader board.

  • For riders who have a physical or cognitive impairment that prevents them from riding fixed route buses independently, rabbittransit’s Paratransit service can help keep them moving.