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BUSES: Regular routes can serve the disabled

Letter by James McDonald, Tacoma on Sep. 9, 2011 at 10:28 am with 4 Comments »
September 9, 2011 10:36 am

I was concerned with the letter (TNT, 9-9) from the reader who felt Pierce Transit dropped the ball regarding Puyallup Fair rides. I then went to the agency’s website and found many routes throughout the day which can take disabled passengers to the fair on their regular routes.

While there are no direct fair rides, the reader can still get to and from the fair throughout the day. He can go online and schedule his trip by using the trip planner.

Given the cutbacks incurred due to the difficult economy and lack of sales tax increases, it appears reasonable to use the regular routes. He can then register for the shuttle so in a few weeks he can be picked up at his home and be taken wherever he wants to go, all at little to no cost to him.

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  1. alindasue says:

    On the Puyallup Fair site: “Note: to assist with the City of Puyallup’s traffic control plan, Pierce Transit does not service stops between 7th Ave and 14th Ave on Meridian, Sept. 9-25. The affects route 402.”

    That means that the buses can’t stop near the fairgrounds.

    However, I did note an addition to the site today that wasn’t there last few times I looked. It now says,

    “ADA Accessible Buses
    First Student Charter will operate wheelchair accessible buses. Check in with Park and Ride lot attendant to request pick up.”

    Apparently, someone finally got the message and decided to fix the situation.

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    What is “near?” Are we talking a few blocks or a few miles? Normally I would say that a distance even as short as a few blocks could be a huge deal to a person in a wheelchair, but this is the Fair we’re talking about. The Fair itself is huge so how is anyone who can’t travel by chair a few extra blocks supposed to navigate themselves through the fair?

    I’ve often wondered the same thing about handicapped parking at enormous places like the Tacoma Mall. Handicap parking will save you 100 feet of travel through the parking lot, but that’s the tip of the iceberg when the store you want to go to is still 800 feet away.

  3. Itwasn’tme: handicapped parking spaces help the disabled and able bodied by giving people in wheelchairs distance between their car and somebody else’s car, Its easier to take a wheelchair out of the back seat while not scraping the paint off the car next to you.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    Hulk — That’s a good point, but surely you haven’t missed that the handicap parking spaces are always closest to the door. I accomplish the same thing by parking in the very back of most parking lots and I still think my long trip from the back corner of the parking lot is usually shorter than the distance I travel inside the store.

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