The Disabled Community
Program for Eureka, Arcata, & McKinleyville Area
Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a civil rights law
that, among other things, requires equal access to public transportation for
persons with disabilities. Transit
Agencies must take specific steps to make
bus service accessible to persons with
disabilities. Regular accessible bus
service is intended to be the primary mode of public transportation for persons
ADA also requires door-to-door ‘paratransit’ service as a ‘safety net’
for persons whose disabilities prevent use of accessible non-commuter, fixed
route bus service such as the Arcata & Mad River Transit System (AMRTS) and
Eureka Transit Service (ETS). The
federal government adopted minimum criteria that transit agencies have to meet
in operating this complementary paratransit service.
Complementary paratransit service is intended to offer a comparable level
of service to that provided by the regular bus service.
Paratransit service is not required nor intended to meet all the
transportation needs of persons with disabilities.
Rather, it is intended to provide public transportation in a more