RE: Integrated Paratransit Service
WHEREAS the current fix-route bus system in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area as well as the light-rail project under construction, spanning across several cities, are both integrated systems under a single agency, the Regional planning & Transit Authority (RPTA), and yet the Para transit system is fragmented into several parts, &
WHEREAS this fragmentation results in lengthy transfers on Dial-A-Ride between cities as well as inefficient scheduling & route planning, and
whereas this problem has been the topic of numerous public meetings of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) & Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) over the last 15 years, and MAG has agreed to perform a study on the feasibility of such a system, and
WHEREAS many metropolises within the U.S. have such integrated systems, such as Denver, Louisville and Portland: NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona in convention assembled this seventeenth day of September, 2006, in the city of Tucson, Arizona, that this organization, support the timely research and development of a regional paratransit authority, encompassing all cities & towns in Maricopa county whose budget includes paratransit funding.