ACCESS TRANSPORTATION

ACCESS-TRANSPORTATION

Access takes you anywhere a Metro bus, Seattle streetcar or Sound Transit light rail goes at that time and on that day of the week. Access customers go grocery shopping, to work and school, to get their hair cut, to check in with their doctor, meet up with friends, or to enjoy a local park.

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CABULANCE

Cabulance is a non-emergency medical transportation provider.

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ABSOLUTE MOBILITY CENTER

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Absolute Mobility Center, a wheelchair accessible vehicle dealer, sells new and pre-owned wheelchair accessible vehicles to customers from all around the Pacific Northwest.

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KERSEY MOBILITY

Washington’s Authorized Vantage Mobility (VMI), Freedom Motors Wheelchair Van Dealer.

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“Milestones in Metro’s accessibility history”

A group of disabled people decided to protest Metro’s lack of accessibility by chaining themselves to buses. Past Northwest Chapter President George Turner was one of the veterans that lead the protest with Past PVA President Jack Michaels.

George was legally blind from MS was he was drafted in WWII and served in the Home Front guarding Seattle docks against attack. He spent cold nights in below freezing weather in Seattle’s worst winter in 1942-3 carrying a Thompson Machine Gun. He served 9 months before he was discharged as the threat dissipated and his vision became worse.

Jack was a gunship helicopter pilot in Vietnam where he was shot down on his second tour and became a paraplegic.

Both men were original members of NWPVA and began a crusade for disability rights that continues today.

Jack became involved in PVA’s national leadership and George did the same in Seattle with NWPVA. In 1984 George was NWPVA’s President when he moved to create a PVA Award for the most outstanding Metro driver. When George died in 2002 the award was renamed in his honor and it has been considered one of our most important awards. It remembers the progress we made together with Metro to be become the first and the best accessible transportation system in the country.

1978: Special Transportation Service Program approved to serve low-income seniors and persons with disabilities via subsidized taxi scrip, and the rural area van program.

1978: Metro Council commits to building a fully accessible bus fleet,orders 143 Flyer buses with wheelchair lifts. This same year, Metro began experimenting with different lift technologies to try to find one that worked reliably. Although it took several years after the initial commitment, Metro was the first transit agency in the country to successfully get a lift working well enough that it could be used in service. This meant that Metro was already well on its way to having an accessible service when the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990.

1984: Metro and the Northwest Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America partner to create the “PVA Award”, later renamed the “George Turner Award”.

1990: The ADA is signed into law by President George H. W. Bush.

1991: The Metro Council approves the first ADA plan which outlines how Metro will provide paratransit services. This program becomes Access Transportation.

Milestones

1999: All buses are equipped with lifts.

2002: Metro purchases first low floor bus with ramps instead of lifts.