[nabs-l] transportation in your area

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 1 03:51:50 UTC 2009


Sara,
That's a tough situation.  You're fortunate your
parents will help out most of the time.  My parents were great about driving 
too.
If they're not available, certainly don't rely on paratransit to get to 
something as important as the
doctor's office.
Most appointments you can make ahead of time and plan for transit.  How 
about neighbors?  Could you pay a driver?  If not volunteers may be able to 
help out such as those from a lions or kwanis club.
I guess you'd just have to ask around for rides.
Of course you're not going to walk three miles to the bus.  That's too much.

Ashley
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sarah Alawami" <marrie12 at gmail.com>
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> Where I live the nearist bustop  is about 3 miles away and pera transit
> won't pick me up because of that. Ok. I am on a standby list and most of 
> the
> time I don't get a ride from them. That's fine as I have alternative ways 
> of
> getting around, like my parents, but what if I needed to go to the doctors
> and my arrents and pera stranded and the buss system are not avilable? I 
> am
> not walking 3 miles to a bus stop even though I know I can.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On 
> Behalf
> Of Ashley Bramlett
> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 1:22 PM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
> Subject: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>
> Hi all,
> Let's have a more productive topic than rehashing ACB/NFB frictions.  I've
> got one.
>
> How is the transportation in your area?  Say where you go to school as 
> that
> makes a difference.  If you're in a metropolitian area its probably 
> decent.
>
> How about near your home?  If you have transportation, is it adaquate? Are
> bus drivers accomodating by calling out bus stops upon request?  Are they
> helpful in giving directions to find seats if you want it?
>
> For me, its pretty decent at school.  I'm near DC, in northern va.  When I
> attended the large state school George Mason University, GMU was great. 
> The
> CUE bus came to GMU and went around the city and to the Vienna metro. 
> Metro
> Buses were just across the street from the college.
> At Marymount in Arlington, the school shuttle bus went to Ballston metro.
> That's our subway.  From there you could take the metro, get 
> Art(arlington)
> buses, many metro buses, or walk to many shops and restaurants.  Ruby
> Tuesday, IHOP, a pizza place, and Chevy's were just a few accessible.
> At home there are not sidewalks and metro buses are not accessible to us.
> So I have not done much public transit travel.  I did some on mobility and
> when I lived at MU since I had access to them.
>
> In my limited experience, metro is good.  Other customers are friendly and
> happily answer my questions as to what line to go on as there is no
> accessible way to know you're in front of an orange or blue train; they
> share the same track.  Drivers announce stops on buses although many now
> have talking systems announcing major stops automatically.
> On a crowded bus or subway as I'm departing its helpful that most of the
> riders move out of the way so I can have a clear path and exit before the
> door closes.  Especially on metro rail, subway, you have a limited time to
> exit until the door shuts and you miss your stop.
> On metro rail drivers announce stops, but if I can't hear them due to low
> voice or something, I count stops or ask fellow passengers.
>
> Metro service is better during the day time as with all public transit
> services.  On weekends its infrequent.  Some lines do not run and others
> only run a bus once an hour.
>
> So those are my thoughts.
> Ashley
>
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