The City of Huntsville Department of Parking and Public Transit held a Public Hearing concerning the City’s Paratransit Plan under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The hearing was held at the Department of Parking and Public Transit Tuesday evening. The department discussed improvements they plan on implementing as soon as this summer.
“We’re looking at possibly running saturday service, as well as looking to extend service to 9 o’clock in the evening,” said John Autry, the manager of Public Transit for the City of Hunstville.
Autry said there are other opportunities the department is looking to consider later on as well.
“You know, accessibility, and moving our fleet from little things like going from two ramps to hydrolic lifts. That may be a little thing for some, but for somebody who is in a wheelchair or someone who is a little unstable on their feet,” Autry continued, “You know, having a level, safer and easier way to board the buses could be a really big deal.”
Right now the Paratranist Plan in place consists of fourteen handi-ride vehicles that can be radio dispatched and are A.D.A accessible. This plan is a specialized door-to-door, demand-response service where applications and reservations must be made in advance to access.
For more information, go to www.huntsvilleal.gov.