Blame Terrorists For Lack Of Accessible Parking At Nevada Federal
Don't Know Who To Blame For Bus Access Troubles
July 6, 2004
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA--Last week, Paul Martin, president of Nevadans for Equal Access, spent some time with Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Jane Ann Morrison, to show her some of the problems with accessibility in Nevada.
Morrison learned, and shared with her readers, that none of the federal buildings in the state have parking that is accessible and convenient for people with disabilities. The General Services Administration, which oversees federal buildings across the country, told her that new security measures restrict all federal building parking to employees only.
"It's a lost cause in Las Vegas," said Martin.
What is not lost, Martin and other disability rights advocates hope, is the case for accessible buses and bus stops in the city.
It turns out that several people with disabilities are not able to access the new Metropolitan Area Express bus system, in part because the fresh asphalt paving at the stops leave a sharp 4 to 5 inch drop, which is dangerous to wheelchairs. Some riders cannot access the new high tech buses because the designated spaces on the buses are too narrow for their wheelchairs.
"Presumably those people have oversized chairs for a need, but that's just a guess," wrote Morrison. "Maybe they deliberately use oversized wheelchairs just to aggravate the RTC (Regional Transportation Commission).
"Handicapped access battle lost at federal buildings, just starting with buses" (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevadans For Equal Access