6 thoughts on “City Buses Are Wheelchair-Accessible, But Disabled Riders Still Face Obstacles

  1. Pingback: Today’s Headlines – Streetsblog New York City

  2. Yes, and also:

    1) the Select Bus system has had deleterious consequences for accessibility, including:

    a) the elimination of stops on various crosstown routes (such as the M23), and

    b) the requirement that you first obtain paper tickets before boarding the bus (this is not exactly user-friendly – esp. if you see the bus just pulling up, and/or if there are, say, blocks of ice between the ticket dispenser and the bus;

    2) Also, the breaking up of some of the bus lines has been very problematical. So, for example, if I want to get from Greenwich Village to Washington Heights, I have to wait for two buses.

    3) Additionally, the system is not exactly accessible for walker-users, esp. during rush hours. One driver would not let me board during rush hour and told me to wait for the next bus. (I could see his point, because the walker does take up space. But still, this does not make it an accessible system).

    Based on the above, I feel I have no choice but to use Access A Ride.

  3. My biggest issue with public transit aka mta. Is when other cars park right on the bus stops. The driver then can’t get close to the curb so they can open the lift or ramp for me to get in. Today is a perfect example. I’m waiting on the 1 or 2 bus on grand concourse when a UPS van stops right on the bus stop. I mentioned how that will cause an issue getting on the next bus. His response was “well I’m doing my job delivering” Looks around and tells me I can always walk around his van onto the streets so I can board the bus, which I ended up doing. Offended by his non-chalant explanation on getting around his van on to the streets to board any bus…. Like Really?

  4. People have all kinds of excuses for parking in bus stops. Cameras should take thier pictures and plate numbers and issue $1,000 FINES. That may convince them that bus stops are for THE BUS, NO ONE ELSE.

  5. Pingback: 28 Years After ADA’s Passage, Subway Accessibility Still ‘Disgraceful,’ Experts Say – USA Current News

  6. Sometimes even though there are no cars parked at stop buses still leave the gap of more than one foot away. For me its a challenge. I use a walker its not easy to pick it up boarding on or off.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *