[nabs-l] transportation in your area

Sarah Alawami marrie12 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 21:38:33 UTC 2009


Yeah but as you state they are expencive  and I might have to start going to
the  doctors and, hopefully not, physical therapy again. I wish Pera
stransit were not like this.I have some horrer stories I could tell you
about them.

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Of sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
Sent: Monday, June 01, 2009 8:25 AM
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Hi,
Are there taxis in your area? They can be expensive, but if it's just for
emergencies or as a failsafe then they're well worth it.



Quoting Sarah Alawami <marrie12 at gmail.com>:

> 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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