Section four: Public Transit and Paratransit-Going Places: A Hadley School for the Blind and Visually Impaired review

This lesson was on public transit and paratransit and it gave me feelings of anger. That is because I know how limited paratransit can be in my local area. Using my local paratransit makes me feel trapped.

There were four sections in this lesson. The first one was about the advantages and disadvantages of both public transit, which can include buses, subways, trains, etc. and Paratransit. When it comes to public transit, I have only taken the bus twice.  The first time was for Orientation and Mobility training. I was really nervous when I took the bus that day. It was nice to have a lesson on it though. The second time I took it was when I took it with my best friend to get back to her dorm when we had a sleep over. I felt that the second time was much better because my friend knew the bus route very well. I felt confident in her travel skills. Because the nearest bus stop is too far away from my home, I have to use paratransit. I really wish our public bus system was closer. I would travel more and I think I would feel more confident with my travel skills.

For most of my travel I use paratransit or I get rides from family and friends. When it comes to the advantages and disadvantages the disadvantages of using my local paratransit outweigh the advantages. One of the main disadvantages is the paratransit is either very late, up to 30 minutes to an hour or more or sometimes they forget you all together. I have lost count of how many times I have missed events or appointments due to the lack of quality of service in my area.  I agree with the course that sometimes you can get bad feedback because you use a service that is for those who have disabilities. I personally have had feedback both positive and negative from people in our community.

Even though this is a problem there are some advantages of paratransit I like. For example, I only have to pay $7.00 for a trip. I like the fact that they come right to your door and drop you off at your location. I agree with the course when it says that some of the paratransit companies have trained their drivers to help people who have disabilities. I have had some very helpful drivers.

The second section was on finding sources of information. I felt that this section was more like a review for me. I found out more information about the bus and paratransit system when my family and I attended a local community fair. I also heard about the bus and paratransit from my Division of Blind Services Caseworker. There are many resources such as websites, and community organizations that can possibly help you with information when it comes to learning about your local public transit or paratransit in your area.  Be sure to check it out.

The third section also felt like a review. It covered a basic knowledge of how to plan your trip. One thing that I did not know before this lesson was when taking the bus, plan your route backwards to achieve being at your destination on time.

The last section was on travel tips and this section helped me immensely. I learned there are a variety of ways that you can file a complaint. I personally would like to start using these tips and I want our paratransit system to improve it’s service.

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14 thoughts on “Section four: Public Transit and Paratransit-Going Places: A Hadley School for the Blind and Visually Impaired review”

  1. I had no idea there were such frustrations in this sector of public transportation. Of course there must be. Thank you for shedding light on the subject!

  2. Although I don’t personally need to use it (normally), I think public transit is so important. I know people who cannot drive due to disabilities or health issues and having access to public transportation would mean quite a lot to them. Unfortunately, in the areas outside of cities here in the south, it is unusual to find any public transportation services. Other than services tied to clinics and hospitals or uber/lyft/cab services, the only way for people workout transportation to get a lift anywhere is through family and friends. Therefore, you see a lot of people walking or riding a bike. However, in these areas it’s just as unlikely to have bike lanes or sidewalks and I think that is unfortunate. I think more outskirt towns should put more effort into incorporating public transit services along with working pedestrian focused accessibility options into the infrastructure.

    Great post and video! 👍 I really respect how much you care and the amount of effort you put in to educating people. Stay well!

  3. The bus system in most cities can be difficult enough for someone to navigate without any disabilities or challenges to consider. I can only imagine how overwhelming that may be for someone with a disability who has unique needs or concerns with their travel.

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