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NE Illinois ADA paratransit riders are waging the biggest battle of their life since the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed through the efforts of groups such as ADAPT.

IMPRUVE Parataransit Minuteman Campaign is on alert to inform paratransit riders of their legal rights and the upcoming class action certification to be filed by new lead attorney from Consumer Advocacy Center who will work with four of the original Plaintiffs in the case and the 3 lawyers who took the case in 2008.  Together the 4 attorneys will now represent the class of 31,000-plus Chicago ADA paratransit riders.

The principal complaints of paratransit riders center around  an inefficient zone , lack of accommodations, capacity constraints caused by crappy service, unusable vehicles, unusable times, trip turndowns and unusually long wait times and travel times that create crappy service. Plaintiffs expect others, including suburban Pace ADA riders to file individual complaints for the horrific service they have received.

Abuses reported by paratransit riders have largely gone unnoticed despite filing of complaints from 2007-2008 with the Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Department of Justice.

With Michael Winter departed from FTA Office of Civil Rights, there is not much hope that FTA will get involved without court intervention.

The big question is will the FTA under Obama administration support IMPRUVE and others who plan to pursue public ownership of the paratransit and a green paratransit vanpool.

Visit for more insight and to leave comments:

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Posted: Mar 31, 2009 11:58am

 

 
 
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