The Metro Disability Coalition (MDC) is calling a press conference for Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 3:00 pm to call attention to the horrible situation facing disabled bus riders, and drivers, on Transit Authority of River City (TARC 3) paratransit. It will be held in front of TARC headquarters, 1000 West Broadway.
Passengers are not adequately distanced, in a time of coronavirus, as suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), our state and city governments. Not all drivers wear masks, as required.
“Reasonable accommodation” means safe public ridership for disabled riders, drivers, and other personnel.
We have made countless attempts to get TARC to correct this, to no avail. This press conference will include representatives of the disabled, organized labor and civil rights groups.
These issues are of grave concern to the disabled community—they are life and death matters.
TARC 3 needs to provide the disabled community assurances that drivers will be masked and that there will be social distancing—particularly important for the visually and cognitively disabled.
For more information, call Marcellus Mayes, president of MDC: 778-8922 or Antonio Wickliffe: firstname.lastname@example.org .