SamTrans Designates October as Disabilities Awareness Month, Seeks Volunteers for Accessibility Advisory Committee

SamTrans Designates October as Disabilities Awareness Month, Seeks Volunteers for Accessibility Advisory Committee

 

Reaffirming its commitment to providing high quality service to all passengers while also highlighting the challenges facing persons with mobility impairments, SamTrans has declared October as Disabilities Awareness Month.

By recognizing October as Disabilities Awareness Month, SamTrans focuses special attention on the difficulties facing persons with disabilities, reflects on measures that are being extended to assist them, increases public awareness of new opportunities to meet their needs and draws specific attention to the bus agency’s efforts to serve this community.

The SamTrans Board of Directors unanimously approved the resolution at its October meeting, reflecting the efforts the agency puts forth in providing for passengers with disabilities through SamTrans bus and paratransit services.

All SamTrans buses are equipped with lifts or ramps that can be used by people who use mobility devices or who have difficulty climbing steps. Each bus also has a kneeling feature that lowers the front end so that the first step is easier to reach. The front side-facing seats and first set of forward-facing seats of every bus are priority seating for seniors and persons with disabilities. Service animals, such as guide dogs, may accompany passengers who rely on their assistance. SamTrans offers discounted fares for passengers with disabilities, and the bus agency offers travel training to help people with disabilities, seniors and veterans learn how to use the service.

Members of the public interested in providing input on accessibility issues in local transit are encouraged to volunteer for the SamTrans Accessibility Advisory Committee (SAAC).

The SAAC is responsible for providing input to SamTrans staff on current and potential accessibility needs. It also acts in an advisory capacity to the SamTrans’ Board of Directors. The SAAC is accepting new members and meetings are open to public attendance – by people with disabilities who use public transit in San Mateo and representatives of related advocacy organizations.

The SAAC meets on the second Wednesday of odd numbered months at 11:30 a.m. at the San Mateo County Transit District headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Avenue in San Carlos.

Interested persons can contact the Accessibility Specialist at 650-508-6202.

SamTrans’ vision is to be a mobility leader, providing transportation choices and sustainable future that meets the needs of our diverse communities. In addition to fixed-route bus service, SamTrans also manages Redi-Wheels, which provides paratransit services in San Mateo County.

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About the San Mateo County Transit District: The San Mateo County Transit District operates 70 SamTrans routes throughout San Mateo County.  Funded in part by a half-cent sales tax, the San Mateo County Transit District also provides administrative support for Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The San Mateo County Transit District has provided bus service to San Mateo County customers since 1976. 

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