[nabs-l] transportation in your area

Jennifer Aberdeen freespirit328 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 18:53:18 UTC 2009


Hi Jessica,

Yes, you're right, they are supposed to tie my chair down, however, Some are 
not trained correctly in how to do it. I can't tell you how many times I 
have tipped over or fallen out of my chair because of their stupidity.

Jen

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jess" <jessica.trask.reagan at gmail.com>
To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 6:39 AM
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area


> 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>
> To: "National Association of Blind Students mailing list" 
> <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2009 8:57 PM
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] transportation in your area
>
>
>> 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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>> Jennifer Aberdeen
>> PO Box 1184
>> Woonsocket, RI 02895
>> 401-762-3258 (home)
>> 401-644-5607 (cell)
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>> SKYPE: J.Aberdeen
>> ----- 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
>>
>>
>>> 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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