There are many people who face mobility difficulties due to old age or disability. They find it difficult to travel from one place to another and carry on with their routine life. They have to depend on others to take them out for buying things, visiting a doctor and other requirements. Such people do not feel comfortable in using public transport as it is overcrowded and causes a lot of inconvenience.
Accessible transit services are meant to help people who have functional mobility problems. They can use these services to go for appointments, school, shopping, social outings and visiting family and friends. These services are also helpful for people who use mobility and assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, canes, crutches or walkers. There are many companies providing accessible transit services which work towards making your travel experience safe, easy and convenient. Their vehicles have courtesy seating areas for passengers using wheelchairs, scooters and walkers and passengers with disabilities and seniors.
You can look for accessible transit service providing companies in your city either online or in yellow page directories. You can also ask for recommendations from your friends, colleagues or relatives. You can contact a few of these companies to know about the type of services they offer and the areas they operate in. You can register for such services by downloading an application form from the company’s website. You can also call them personally and register yourself.
The vehicles offered by such service providers have all the necessary features and equipment required to make the boarding, ride and de-boarding processes easy and safe for the commuters. The major features include, ramps or lifts with visual and audible warning indicators, mobility aid spaces, emergency buttons, all time radio access to a transit supervisor, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, emergency reflectors, electronic exterior route signs and next bus-stop announcement system. The operators employed by such service providing companies are well-trained to provide accessible transit services. Their buses maintain a high standard and pre-trip inspections are done on every vehicle before they are put into service for the day.
You can book your trip either by calling them or logging in to their website. You will have to provide the time and address of the pickup, the address of the destination, pick up time for the return trip and whether you will be using a wheelchair or other mobility device.
You should do proper research before hiring any such service. The accessible transit service you hire should ensure a convenient and stress free travel experience.