PENNSYLVANIA - As of September 2012, the ACCESS paratransit service for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania is slated to be cut back to the minimum required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ACCESS is a service provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. In an effort to deal with a projected deficit of $64 million, the Port Authority announced that cuts to transit, including paratransit will result in reduced service, increased fares, and worker lay-offs. As the following video shows, these cuts are going to have a serious impact upon the disabled and special needs population that depends upon ACCESS. For anyone interested in voicing their opinion regarding these changes; the community organization, Milestone has published a resource page: Take Action: Port Authority Cuts to Bus Routes, ACCESS Services.
VIDEO: ACCESS Denied