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Letter: Help save the important Dial-a-Ride service

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:56 pm

I wish to bring this situation to the attention of the public. I am disabled and my transportation is a wheelchair with the help of East Valley Dial-A-Ride. The Dial-A-Ride has an excellent service.

They provide transportation to disabled persons and their drivers are experienced in helping these people, such as blind people, (those with) muscular problems, and people that need help to get from their house into the bus and to be helped from the bus to their home.

This service is very important to all the disabled people, who would not be able to get to doctors or centers for the disabled.

I have watched the way the drivers of the bus help these people. Now this wonderful service is about to be taken away from all these people that are desperately in need of it. They say that the service will be replaced by taxi cabs. This is not possible because taxi cab drivers work by each ride and not by the hour like the Dial-A-Ride drivers, who are trained to help these disabled people and are paid on an hourly basis. Most of these disabled people are not able to make this complaint, because of their disability.

I happen to be disabled only in my legs and not in my head. We are looking for help for all these poor people. Please help! The disabled people have not had a say in this matter. It is just being done behind their backs. All these disabled people have no voice in this.

Herbert Geller

Mesa

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