Stalled transportation policy bill hinders key improvements to accessible transit services statewide
May 14, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS — Key improvements to transit planning and services for Minnesotans with disabilities hang in the balance after a 72-62 House vote sent the Omnibus Transportation Policy Bill (House File 3800) back to conference committee last week.
The bill — which contains some controversial items including implementation of a primary seat belt law — includes legislation calling for much-needed improvements to the state’s accessible transit services. If passed, the Metropolitan Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation would be required to develop a comprehensive plan to better provide transportation services statewide for people with disabilities into the future.
“People with disabilities who depend on transit for jobs, medical visits and daily errands often face limited hours of service and service areas statewide,” said Joel Ulland, vice president of public affairs for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter. “We urge the legislature to pass House File 3800 before session’s end so we can take a critical step in helping people with disabilities live independently in their communities.”
National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter