Transportation Services for the Disabled in Story County Cut
In the time of the Americans with Disabilities Act, transportation to those living in Story County, Iowa has been cut. The familiar HIRTA (Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency) buses which provide needed transportation for the disabled to be able to attend appointments, shop, and be involved in community activities have always been less than optimal to the portions of the county outside of Ames. Now they have been slashed further.
As a disabled resident of Nevada, I must now follow a rigid schedule of bus ride times, where in the past, they have been flexible. I will be spending up to three hours waiting for an appointment to fit into “their schedule”. I will not be able to obtain transportation at all after 4:00 pm, whereas in the past, it had been 5:30 pm. No advance notice of this change was given to regular riders to allow them to try to change their appointment times, leaving no options to get home from previously scheduled appointments.
Life should not be spent in waiting rooms or ending at 4:00 pm, just because a person requires the use of a wheelchair for mobility. The disabled deserve equal rights in all areas of their lives, including transportation services. We are community members, and should have the same rights afforded to others.