MBTA launches better trip planning program for seniors, people with disabilities

There has been a 18 percent decrease in RIDE customers since June 1, when fares more than doubled for people with disabilities. PHOTO CREDIT: metro-magazine.com
There has been a 18 percent decrease in RIDE customers since June 1, when fares more than doubled for people with disabilities. Credit: metro-magazine.com

The MBTA and Somerville-based nonprofit Door2Door are launching the Travel Independence Program today, an initiative designed to make it easier for seniors and persons with disabilities to use the T.

At 10 a.m., MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott will meet with officials from the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities at Park Street Station to kick off the program, which seeks to enhance the independence of Greater Boston transportation consumers, especially seniors and persons with disabilities.

In January, the Department of System Wide Accessibility of the MBTA introduced a System Orientation Training, an introductory seminar for persons with disabilities interested in making use of the T’s vast array of accessible fixed route buses and subway lines.

At the same time, Door2Door’s Ways2Go program has been developing more detailed curricula to meet the needs of those who require more intensive assistance in order to master fixed route travel.

MBTA spokeswoman Kelly Smith said the new Ways2Go travel training will be available to anyone who would like additional instruction after completing the MBTA System Orientation Training.

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