Metro Accessibility Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

April 12, 2011 in Advocacy & Access
Metro Accessibility Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

Volunteers serve as voice for riders with disabilities, senior citizens

Metro is looking for riders with disabilities and senior citizens to fill 14 available positions on the volunteer Accessibility Advisory Committee. Positions are available for District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, Arlington County and City of Alexandria residents.

The 20-member committee consists of six individuals each from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and two at-large members. The committee advises Metro on ways to improve Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess services. The committee’s efforts have resulted in numerous service upgrades, including gap reducers which make it easier for riders who use wheelchairs to board Metrorail trains.

Metro is looking for customers who ride Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess, and are not Metro employees, contractors or elected officials to fill the vacancies. All positions are unpaid. Metro’s Board of Directors will make the final selection of candidates.

Individuals on the committee represent a cross section of the entire region. Members are people who are seniors or have the ability to give personal perspectives on a diverse representation of disabilities, such as blindness or low-vision, mobility disability, deafness or hard of hearing, audio-sensory disability, speech disability, neurological disability, cognitive or other disability. The committee includes people with different riding patterns, people who are transit-dependent, people who travel short distances and others who travel long distances.

Applications can be found online at www.wmata.com/aac, in person at Metro Headquarters, 600 Fifth Street, NW, and at Metro Sales Centers at Pentagon, Anacostia, and Metro Center stations, or by calling 202-962-6060. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

Rikki S. Epstein

ADA Operations Manager

Office of ADA Programs

Department of Access Services

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

600 5th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001

202-962-1125 (phone)

202-962-2722 (fax)

repstein@wmata.com

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