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RTA HOLDS HEARINGS TO REVIEW DISABILITY SERVICES AND ELIGIBILITY

 RTA HOLDS HEARINGS TO REVIEW DISABILITY SERVICES AND ELIGIBILITY
 The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts of 1990 (ADA), is holding one public hearing and four community meetings to review procedures for certifying eligible persons with disabilities for paratransit services.
 "The ADA's procedures will mean changes in the way we currently provide paratransit services for the disabled and elderly," said RoseMary Covington, RTA assistant general manager of marketing and development. "We already have been working with many community groups who have an interest in this issue, and because ADA criteria are so varied, we are preparing to respond to many issues.
 "To facilitate this process, we are requesting that people who will be participating in the hearing or meetings call ahead and sign up for the day they expect to attend," she said.
 A new ADA information line is available to register for the meetings or to answer any questions regarding paratransit services for the elderly and disabled. The number is 216-566-5124.
 The hearing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Frank J. Lausche State Office Building, second floor auditorium, 615 Superior N.W., Cleveland.
 Four additional public meetings will be held throughout Greater Cleveland as follows:
 - Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maple Heights Regional Library, 5225 Library Lane, Maple Heights;
 - Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eastman Branch of Cleveland Public Library, 11602 Lorain Ave., Cleveland;
 - Sept. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Health Department, 14400 Detroit Ave., Lakewood;
 - Sept. 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave., Cleveland.
 Participants of the hearing and public meetings will receive information for registering for paratransit services. Registrants must complete a two part form, which includes verification from a physician. Eligible will be those who are prevented from using regular lift- equipped bus service due to a disability.
 ADA guidelines have identified three categories of individuals eligible for paratransit service.
 Category One persons are unable to board, ride or exit a wheel-chair accessible vehicle that is part of regular service. For this category, Curb-to-Curb service using current RTA paratransit vehicles will provide transportation in the RTA service area during regular days and hours.
 Category Two persons are able to use accessible regular vehicles, but such service is not available on the route at the time or on the day desired. Service for this category is known as Call-A-Lift Bus. By phoning in their request, passengers can arrange for regular lift bus service on a normal fixed route for a specific trip.
 Category Three persons can ride accessible fixed-route buses, but because of their "specific impairment-related condition" are unable to reach a boarding location/destination. For this category, a Feeder Service will use RTA's existing paratransit vehicles to provide service from a disabled person's trip origin or destination and an accessible fixed-route bus stop. Service will be arranged by phone.
 A fare has not been established yet for paratransit services.
 CONTACT: Linda Scardilli Krecic of RTA, 216-566-5211, or 216-322-0250, after hours.
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