Cap Metro Attempts to Roll Over STS Passengers
Friends of Access,
I agree with Judy that this hearing seems to once again shut out input from
Access. It is ironic, to say the least, that the hearing is scheduled for
4/15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. I also agree with
ADAPT that the "devil is in the details." The problem Access has
encountered has been in getting accurate details from staff. At this point,
we must take any facts and figures given to us by staff with a grain of
salt. Hand me a salt shaker, already! We do know that Cap Metro has spent
a phenomenal sum by purchasing the most technically advanced train from
Metro provides personal limousines for sighted drivers who carpool where
buses aren't available. I believe the charge is just 25 bucks a month for
that service. The editorial in the Statesman says that Cap metro must
constrain compassion with frugality in funding the special Transit Program.
I really can't fathom how anyone can use the terms "Cap Metro" and
"frugality" in the same sentence without laughing out loud. The disability
community has a right to demand a Special Transit service that is second to
none based on what Metro is willing to spend on its pet projects. I won't
be available on Saturday because I am a delegate to the Travis county
Democratic Convention. I will, however, keep in touch. Finally, I want to
express my profound sadness for the death of John Slatin, a gifted poet and
role model for many blind people.
Chair, ATC/NFB Transportation Committee
----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy W" <
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Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 6:53 AM
Subject: board hearing at Criss cole
> Nancy Crowther confirmed the room at Criss Cole according to staff to co
> host the meeting with the Mayor's committee. Why do some staff and board
> members wonder why there is a lack of trust in some Metro staff. Tina Bui
> governmental relations called me to discuss this matter and I let her know
> that if the access committee was bypassed once again I couldn't be
> responsible for committee responses or resolutions. I think Malcolm was
> considering dealing with our laiaison problem in some way, but he can
> for himself. The board hasn't even decided when or if all of them can come
> to the public hearing on April 15. Again, this was not Ron's fault. He was
> approached by Nancy Crowther. These are the facts as I have obtained them
> from the Mayor's committee, Criss Cole, and metro staff.
> Please call all friends and political organizations to have people at the
> board meeting. I will be unavailable on Saturday and Sunday. I have a
> funeral on
> Sunday. John Slatin, a champion of access, passed away this week.
--I apologize that I failed to take the time to reformat the email, but I am under very tight deadlines with respect to other matters. Stay tuned to the Little Red Book for Future updates on this exploding issue.
Power to the Peeps!