Regarding the Aug. 7 Metro article “Ride, interrupted”:
As a disabled college student, I’d like to say to other people with disabilities: The situation could be worse, and planning can alleviate many of our woes.
The Metro system has flaws. However, most can be alleviated with the use of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Web site, which lists detailed elevator-outage information, including projected return-to-service dates. Other difficulties can be solved with proactive communication, such as asking for directions and asking for wheelchairs to be secured.
In contrast, look at New York. For all the raving about the its subway system, it is egregiously inaccessible. More than 75 percent of stations are not accessible, according to the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Web site. And most astoundingly, not all buses have lifts. All of WMATA’s buses have lifts, all the stations have at least one elevator, and MetroAccess, until recently, was more generous to riders than the Americans With Disabilities Act requires it to be. Paratransit service is required by law, and attempts to undermine it are appalling.
WMATA can improve, but it’s not the worst system. I agree that it’s hard to have a disability, but the nature of our existence commands us to adapt — and to appreciate what we have and fight when there’s an egregious lack of access.
Thomas Muething, Washington