Clueless in Seattle II or the Dumb*** Comments Edition

November 11, 2006 at 10:37 AM (Able Bodied Antics, Public Transportation)

I can’t help it… that column from yesterday was buggy enough in itself, but then there were some comments:

Here’s something that’s undebatable: You’re heartless. Are you one of the people that yelled “Jump!” to that woman on the I-5 bridge a few years back?

Please don’t let the softhearted among you decide that it’s the “kindness of strangers” that should grant us the great boon of bus rides: There’s only one answer: Suck it up, it’s the law.

Then there’s the commenter below who believes it’s required of us that we all take the slow bus to work (Perhaps he took the short bus to school?)

Actually, I think I side with restricting wheelchairs to non-express buses. It’s already going to take you longer to get anywhere in a wheelchair, no need to drag everyone else down as well. Whether it’s politically feasible, and whether it would other less-fair instances of discrimination are issues I’m not prepared to handle, though.


Then we have Answer man, who tells us:

I’m not sure I could go along with banning the disabled from express buses, but I hope that disabled folks would think twice about planning their travel on an express route when they know the loading/unloading process is going to negate much of the “express” benefit of the route for their fellow riders. It’s really just about being considerate, and the ADA doesn’t relieve disabled folks of the burden of being considerate of how accommodating their needs may impact others.
On a separate but related note, I’d be all for Metro eliminating 50% or more of its bus stops in residential neighborhoods to create more of a hub-like, express-like experience for riders (fewer stops, longer walks to/from the bus stop). The time saved in travel, not to mention the lessened impact of buses re-entering traffic on busy streets, would more than make up for having to walk two or three blocks to catch the bus, rather than the typical one-stop-every-two-blocks configuration we see today. Of course, some disabled or elderly folks will cry foul, and in King County government, that’ll be the end of the discussion…

Arrogant and ignorant as well, how marvelous. If bus stops are more than a quarter of a mile from each other you discourage and or prevent those elderly and impaired still on their feet but tenuously so, from taking the bus it could also be difficult for those pushing a manual chair…it’s tough for some to walk ten feet let alone 1320…

Then there’s the “why can’t they just all take paratransit?” argument: (With an answer my republican friends will love )

Erica, I share your frustration on a regular basis. The lift on the bus ruins my day every time. The newer hybrid buses have a better lift system than the older actual lifts, they just lower a ramp. Much faster. The solution is to move the hybrids with the ramps to the express routes, which can avoid wire snags as well, saving even more time. The other solution could be that handicapped people who want express service on express route should be required to use the Access system, which gives people door-to-door service. They call, get picked up, and everyone is happy. I wish I could use the Access system, considering how much we all pay for it.

Here’s some panacea for your uninformed crap:

Putting lifts on the regular busses saves the government money, number one, because if that weren’t done, the number of riders requesting paratransit would be huge compaired to the already large number of present riders, and buying more of that sort of transport and handling the high turnover of paratransit drivers….More major bucks that the country would have to spend… Number two related to that…requirements for paratranist now mean that only the most impaired can use it…if your cognitive or physical impairments don’t preclude you from riding a lift equipped bus, you aren’t permitted on paratransit. And if you have a job, paratransit is not feasible for your morning trip in, because they cannot ever be ontime, just the nature of the beast. not just most of the time like standard buses.

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