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MTA’s Access-A-Ride Cuts Affecting Passengers

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2) — Some Access-A-Ride passengers on Staten Island are no longer eligible for the service and now they’re scrambling to find a way to get around.

After three surgeries and battling chronic back-pain for nearly 15 years, the bus is no option for Kenneth Hicks.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

“The stop-and-go, moving side-to-side really hurts, also just climbing up and you’re not really guaranteed a seat,” Hicks said.

Hicks is just one of hundreds Access-A-Ride users who have had their privileges revoked because they’re within walking distance of a bus stop – and considered able to do it.

kenneth hicks MTAs Access A Ride Cuts Affecting Passengers

Kenneth Hicks (Photo/CBS 2)

New York City Transit said 40 percent of those who use Access-A-Ride are able walk one to five blocks to a bus stop — they determine that with a test.

Before being offered the service, Hicks and all other applicants were assessed for their physical ability including how far they could walk. Now, a database has been compiled, weighing the physical problem and the person’s closeness to mass transit.

Hicks said he uses the van for his doctors’ appointments which average up to four visits a month. Hicks said he’s had to cancel four appointments in the past two weeks.

“The only thing that they suggested is that I could reapply,” Hicks said. “I tried to get them to give me an emergency consideration but no one will call me back.”

CBS 2’s John Slattery spoke with the driver of one Access-A-Ride van who said there was no way any of the people he assisted could walk to a bus stop.

“Everybody that’s on here, they really can’t walk that far. They have to have oxygen, wheelchairs, walkers; they can’t walk that far for the MTA,” the driver said.

The MTA is now looking at whether each disabled person really requires the full service.

“Do we need to do this service exactly the way we’ve been doing it, or can it be done less expensively,” asked MTA board member Alan Cappelli.

The average Access-A-Ride costs the agency over $48 per ride — the customers pay a fare of $2.25.

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  1. christopher kneeter says:

    but also lets be real a lot of people who use the service do have many many health problems. the problem is the not the people who use access a ride its the mta who has been the worst money handling problems i have ever seen in my life the mta make some of the people i know with money problems look like great saints. if the mta is going to make some people take the city bus they have to make they can get a seat or make buses built for disable people or the mta can just do the smart thing and i don’t have or get better money management going.

  2. NAOMI KAPLAN says:

    I USE ACCESS A RIDE AND FIND IT IT THE MOST MISS MANAGED PROGRAM I HAVE EVER SEEN. 9 TIMES OUT OF 10 A BUS COMES TO PICK UP MY HUSBAND AND ME, AND NOBODY ELSE. It CAN CARRY AT LEAST 8 PASSENGERS. AT ONE OF MY PICKUPS (WHICH WAS ONLY 7 BLOCKS FROM MY HOME) 3 BUSES DROPPED PEOPLE. MY BUS WAS DELAYED SO THEY SENT A PRIVATE CAR TO PICK ME UP. I ASKED THE OTHER DRIVERS WHERE THEY WERE GOING, AND ANYONE OF THEM COULD HAVE DROPPED ME OFF WITHOUT ANY DELAYS TO THEM. THEY WERE GOING RIGHT BY MY CORNER. THEIR GPS SYSTEM STINKS. iF THERE IS A LONG AND ROUND
    ABOUT WAY TO DIRECT THE DRIVERS IT WILL DO IT. i ALWAYS TELL THE DRIVER THE FASTEST WAY TO GET ME TO MY DESTINATION. IF THIS MESS WAS CLEANED UP, THE SYSTEM MIGHT EVEN BE ABLE TO MAKE MONEY

  3. morristhewise says:

    Saving the US economy cannot come at the expense of the poor, they have no fat to be trimmed. It is the millions of pot bellied semi-skilled overpaid government and union workers who need some of their fat trimmed. Instead of two cars and a boat in their garage they can get by with public transportation and still wave the flag.

    1. john smooth says:

      What the Mta is doing is long over due. Many able body people have been ripping off the public . They need to use caution and retest any people who object. My back hurts every day and let be real most people 40 and over have back pain that is sometimes server. That does not mean the public should pay nearly $100 round trip if a DOCTOR the experts say I am healthy enough to take the bus. Sitting on the bus hurts my back . If he does not want to take a bus, call a cab . People are too poor for a cab but have cable tv. A LUXURY that my parents never had.

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