[Jobs] Washington seminar/resolution idea

Jeremy Richards jeremy.richards7 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 10 18:51:39 UTC 2018


Although it feels like a private cab system, paratransit tries to mimic
public transportation. With that said, if you don't have a bus or fixed
route line near your home, then this is not a paratransit provider issue;
its primarily an issue with your city/county's transportation system. 

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Ericka Writes:

> Karen that is an interestimg idea. Someone should do more research.  Some
states do have independence accounts or something to that effect where they
can safely put money away for technology etc. this account is not considered
assets by Social Security so it will not affect anything, I believe not even
food assistance and other low income benefits. 

It's called an Able account. You can put up to one hundred thousand dollars
in an able account (at least in most states) and it won't affect your
benefits. You can even use the account for investments and such.

Ericka further writes:
Most places in the Madison WI area are not on Transit. We are blessed to
have Uber and Lyft, but that can add up when youre going 30 miles to a job
in back. This may be surprising to people, but most of the state of
Wisconsin does not have paratransit, Lyft or Uber as options. Most of the
time cant even get from one county to another because there just isnt any
transit. Grayhound type transit links central and southeastern WI. Rest of
the state isnt served. Not even the state colleges have access to private
or local transit. Some cab companies wont even go from county to county.
And then theres Paratransit which barely exists. 

That sounds very similar to Minnesota. Lyf, Uber and such are available in
the twin cities area, and last I heard, it was starting to be available in
the Duluth area. However these are not very cheap when you use them to
commute for jobs and such, especially if the distance is something over ten
miles or so.
Paratransit does exist up here, but it is lousy. The service has had
numerous complaints about its reliability and lack of customer service.
Also, in some of he smaller towns, it's only available for a few hours on
certain days of the week, and not at all on weekends. And they won't work
with you if you have a disability very well. Like, me, I'm deaf, so I
couldn't hear the bus come from inside my house, so I have to stand around
in 90 degree heat or sub zero cold until it arrives, usually late. They
won't call you on the phone or even walk ten feet to ring your bell to let
you know they are there. It is not an ideal system at all, but
unfortunately, I can't really afford to live anywhere else right now. La
sigh.





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