Para-Transit Riders Win Settlement With Bus Company
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 19, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA--Over 1,000 riders with disabilities who use the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority will benefit from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.
The suit was filed two years ago by 12 residents that rely on the para-transit service, claiming that they had to wait hours for rides or ride in buses with broken wheelchair lifts.
U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre approved the settlement during a Thursday hearing. Under the agreement, BJCTA will provide a five-step grievance procedure for service delays and will subcontract with another company to provide accessible service at the regular fare.
The 12 plaintiffs in the suit will each receive $2,000 and a free bus pass for three months.
According to a story in the Birmingham News, the 1,038 class members will each receive a free pass to ride the para-transit service for one day.