[nabs-l] transportation in your area

Jess jessica.trask.reagan at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 10:39:45 UTC 2009


Jen,
By law don't the paratransit drivers have to tie down your wheelchair. Also, 
I would believe too that the transit agency that would have a rule that 
persons in wheelchairs have to be at least tied down in their chairs. Just 
like when you would ride the regular fixed route buses offered through the 
transit agency.
Jessica
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jennifer Aberdeen" <freespirit328 at gmail.com>
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> Ashley and all,
>
> I'll be starting a three month paid internship in a few weeks. I will be 
> taking para-transit everyday. It's about twenty-five miles each way, so I 
> don't mind paying the $7.00 fee. It will be a major pain for me though 
> because I'm always very stressed when I take para-transit. I never know if 
> my wheelchair will tip over or not.
>
> Anyway, that's how I'll be getting back and forth to work.
>
> Jen
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ashley Bramlett" <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 7:49 PM
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
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>
>> Jessica,
>> Be careful.  Interview them thouroughly and check a reference or two. 
>> You'll get so many types of people from the internet which is why I'd 
>> advertise in a more restricted location.  Also get background checks.
>>
>> For those of you working already I'd be curious about your commute to 
>> work. Do you always use public transit?  Have you done car pooling?
>> I don't live near metro so when I had a summer job in the government I 
>> took metro from work as close to home as possible and someone picked me 
>> up there to ride home.
>>
>> Ashley
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Jessica Kostiw" <jessicac.kostiw at gmail.com>
>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 8:30 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>
>>
>>> Other then the driver being a complete idiot and smelling like a dumjp 
>>> truck it went okay... but not going to work out... he's a moron
>>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>>> From: "T. Joseph Carter" <carter.tjoseph at gmail.com>
>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 8:38 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>
>>>
>>>> Jessica,
>>>>
>>>> I wouldn't trust a driver I met at a Starbucks.  How can you trust a 
>>>> driver who would consume that swill?  *grin*
>>>>
>>>> Joseph
>>>> Admitted Coffee Snob
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 05:29:08PM -0500, Jessica Kostiw wrote:
>>>>> I just got back from meeting a new driver at our local starbucks.  All 
>>>>> and all I think it went well.  He seems really nice...and normal.
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" 
>>>>> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:07 PM
>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Jessica,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I think its important to work near public transportation.  I wouldn't 
>>>>>> want a job far out not near transportation.  You may have to change 
>>>>>> jobs.
>>>>>> I don't think an ad on craigslist or internet is a good idea for a 
>>>>>> driver. Yes
>>>>>> quacks would come out of the wood work on something like that.  Its 
>>>>>> better to ask in a safer setting and limit the pool of people you'd 
>>>>>> get. If I wanted a driver I'd ask at work, in church and in the 
>>>>>> community I was a member of.  Retired people may be an option.  Those 
>>>>>> in lions or other service clubs are ideas.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Parts of the area have great transit like Arlington and Fairfax, but 
>>>>>> further out does not and its still considered northern va.  Loudoun 
>>>>>> and Prince William don't have much transit.  Hope others respond.  I 
>>>>>> think if your town doesn't have enough transit there are ways round 
>>>>>> it but its harder then. You can car pool or hire a driver.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Ashley
>>>>>>
>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jessica Kostiw" 
>>>>>> <jessicac.kostiw at gmail.com>
>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:03 PM
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Ashley I love this topic!  Thanks for bringing it up.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Listers,  Ashley and I both live in Fairfax county.  Transportation 
>>>>>>> has been on the forefront of my concerns since I moved to Virginia 
>>>>>>> from Louisiana in August.  I moved from a small town back to an area 
>>>>>>> where people didn't ask what street you lived on, but what town and 
>>>>>>> even what county.  Yes, northern Va is very metropolitan, but there 
>>>>>>> is a reason they call it suburban sprawl. If you live in Arlington 
>>>>>>> county and some parts of Alexandria, you are fine. I live in north 
>>>>>>> eastern Fairfax county and work in the south western part of the 
>>>>>>> county, right on the Loudoun line.  As Ashley stated, Loudoun has no 
>>>>>>> transportation, and Prince William has even less.  I am in a 
>>>>>>> predicament! My parents are like when are you moving out, and I am 
>>>>>>> like what am I going to do? As it stands now, my commute is a half 
>>>>>>> an hour without traffic, which never happens, and an hour with 
>>>>>>> traffic. Two days ago I placed an add on Craigslist for a driver. 
>>>>>>> You can imagine the quacks that come out of the woodworks when they 
>>>>>>> year a 25 year old working professional female is seeking a driver 
>>>>>>> for pay.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Not meaning to bring a downer...
>>>>>>> Happy summer!
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Jessica Kostiw
>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" 
>>>>>>> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 9:51 PM
>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Hi Peter,
>>>>>>>> Well, I could suggest it.  Virginia is big and it would be complex 
>>>>>>>> to add everything to the website.  I guess different 
>>>>>>>> representatives from different regions of the state would have to 
>>>>>>>> submit info about their area. In northern VA we have metro bus as 
>>>>>>>> well as several
>>>>>>>> local buses riding around the city.  That's five little bus lines 
>>>>>>>> and that just covers part of northern VA.  Major cities have 
>>>>>>>> transportation. However ruraral areas and less dense areas have 
>>>>>>>> inadaquate or no transportation. For instance Loudoun county  has 
>>>>>>>> few options and Winchester last I checked had no bus system.
>>>>>>>> So it just depends on where you live.  While its a good idea to put 
>>>>>>>> public transit contact info on the website its hard to be inclusive 
>>>>>>>> about all the state.  Also there are many ways such as calls, 
>>>>>>>> internet searches and talking to friends to obtain information 
>>>>>>>> about your local transportation options.
>>>>>>>> I'll suggest it though and see if we come up with a way to put down 
>>>>>>>> major bus systems.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> When your website is up with this info, let us know the link since 
>>>>>>>> I'm curious to know what you included on the site.
>>>>>>>> Ashley
>>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter Donahue" 
>>>>>>>> <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>
>>>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
>>>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 9:06 PM
>>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Hello Ashley and listers,
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>    And add such information to your affiliate and division Web 
>>>>>>>>> sites. Stay
>>>>>>>>> tuned to the launch of the NFB of Texas San Antonio Chapter Web 
>>>>>>>>> Site for an
>>>>>>>>> example of what can be done where available area transportation 
>>>>>>>>> exists.
>>>>>>>>> There are transportation resources in San Antonio that most of our 
>>>>>>>>> members
>>>>>>>>> were totally unaware of. I'm a strong advocate for including such
>>>>>>>>> information on affiliate and division Web sites and strongly urge 
>>>>>>>>> you to do
>>>>>>>>> it.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Peter Donahue
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ashley Bramlett" 
>>>>>>>>> <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
>>>>>>>>> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list"
>>>>>>>>> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
>>>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 3:21 PM
>>>>>>>>> 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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