City improves access at several Columbia bus stops

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 11:49 a.m. CST; updated 4:45 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — The city is making changes at several bus stops to improve access for people who use wheelchairs and others with disabilities.

A report was sent to the Columbia City Council that outlined problems and solutions at bus stops that included: Worley and Pershing streets, Ash and Pershing streets and the intersection of Hardin and Worley streets.

The bus stop at Wabash Station, also reviewed, was remodeled to meet accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Several other issues have been handled with simple solutions: cutting the grass covering the sidewalk at the Jefferson Junior High School bus stop that hindered wheelchair access.

According to the report, the city also plans to move the bus stop at the Rusk Rehabilitation Center 30 feet to the west to deal with a strip of grass blocking access to the wheelchair ramps.

There is no sidewalk at a bus stop on the north side of Worley Street at Hardin.

“There is no specific plans to put in sidewalks at this time,” Nicholas Paul, multi-modal manager at the Public Works Department, said.



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