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  • Video:Metra improvements could increase independence for those with disabilities

    Of the 1.1 million trips people take every year on Columbus’ Metra bus service, fully a third of the trips are taken by people with a disability, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said Wednesday. Tomlinson was standing at the bus transfer station behind Metra’s Linwood Boulevard headquarters, about to join Columbus resident Jessica Cowell’s for the second half of her two-leg daily trip to work. The two-mile trip from her home south of Bibb City to the Disability Service Center where she works takes her about an hour, whereas the trip could be driven in four or five minutes. The event was to draw attention not only to Disability Employment Awareness Month, but also to the coming improvements planned for Metra, thanks to $22.4 million from the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Of the 1.1 million trips people take every year on Columbus’ Metra bus service, fully a third of the trips are taken by people with a disability, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said Wednesday. Tomlinson was standing at the bus transfer station behind Metra’s Linwood Boulevard headquarters, about to join Columbus resident Jessica Cowell’s for the second half of her two-leg daily trip to work. The two-mile trip from her home south of Bibb City to the Disability Service Center where she works takes her about an hour, whereas the trip could be driven in four or five minutes. The event was to draw attention not only to Disability Employment Awareness Month, but also to the coming improvements planned for Metra, thanks to $22.4 million from the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com
Of the 1.1 million trips people take every year on Columbus’ Metra bus service, fully a third of the trips are taken by people with a disability, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said Wednesday. Tomlinson was standing at the bus transfer station behind Metra’s Linwood Boulevard headquarters, about to join Columbus resident Jessica Cowell’s for the second half of her two-leg daily trip to work. The two-mile trip from her home south of Bibb City to the Disability Service Center where she works takes her about an hour, whereas the trip could be driven in four or five minutes. The event was to draw attention not only to Disability Employment Awareness Month, but also to the coming improvements planned for Metra, thanks to $22.4 million from the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Mike Haskey mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

Metra improvements could increase independence for those with disabilities

October 14, 2015 2:23 PM