Advocate for disabled calls for transit reforms

JACKSON, MS (AP) - An advocate for the disabled is calling for Mississippi policymakers to increase access to fixed-route buses to cut down on expensive door-to-door paratransit services.

Scott Crawford is a board member of the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities.

He said this week that paratransit services, generally van or taxi rides for people with disabilities, are extremely expensive and sometimes unnecessary.

Crawford says improvements to sidewalks and bus stops would enable some people with physical disabilities to ride mass transit, saving money in the long term.

Crawford, who uses a wheelchair, says he frequently risks riding in the street to get to bus stops.

He says people with mild cognitive disabilities can often be trained to use bus systems.

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