Accessibility Features

rabbittransit offers a convenient, accessible and safe way for people with disabilities and senior citizens to get around. rabbittransit believes in equal opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities and senior citizens, consistent with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To accomplish that, rabbittransit works hard every day to ensure that all of our services are accessible and ready to meet our customers’ needs.
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Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority may make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to assist people with disabilities in achieving equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s programs, services or activities, should contact mobility planning at 1-800-632-9063, or via mail at 415 Zarfoss Drive, York, Pa 17404, or via email at mobilityplanning@rabbittransit.org as soon as possible. All effort should be made to make requests before the scheduled event. Should you want to appeal the decision related to a reasonable modification request, please click the appeal form or the Formulario de apelación.

Procedure on Reasonable Modification document
Procedimiento Sobre Modificaciones Y Adaptaciones Razonables

The ADA does not require the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its services, create a direct threat, or are unnecessary to enable use of service.

ADA VISITOR PROCEDURE

A visitor is defined as someone who does not reside in the jurisdiction or the jurisdiction or jurisdictions served by the public entity or other public entities with which it coordinates paratransit service.

Complementary paratransit service must be provided to ADA eligible individuals who travel outside of the region in which he/she lives.  If an individual has not been certified as eligible by another public entity but can claim that they are ADA paratransit eligible, they are entitled to “presumptive eligibility” and must be provided with 21 days of service.  Individuals that are not certified by another transit agency will be expected to provide documentation from his/her place of residence explaining the nature of his/her disability.  The 21 days of service that a visitor receives must be calculated as any combination of 21 days during any 365 day period beginning with the visitor’s first use of the service.

If a visitor has been granted complementary paratransit service in his/her home region, the conditions determined by the home transit agency will be followed.  The individual’s home transit agency will be contacted to verify the individual’s conditions.

If the individual claims that they are ADA paratransit eligible but have not been certified by another transit agency, other documentation will need to be reviewed.  Doctor verification will be needed and a physical assessment may be needed to determine the individual’s conditions specific to the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s system.  Once the individual provides the proper documentation the individual will be granted “presumptive eligibility” for a period of 21 days.

Blind or Low Vision
If you are blind or have vision impairment, these accessibility features can help you get around on our buses:

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES

  • Braille/raised-letter signs that indicate bus routes.
  • Buses announce their route name and destination over an external speaker system as they pull up to a stop.
  • Buses feature an automated system that announces the name of the next station. On buses without the automated system, the operator announces the major stops and transfer points. (You can also ask the operator to announce when a specific stop is coming.)
  • Service animals are permitted on all buses.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, these accessibility features can help you get around on our buses:

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES

  • The Downtown Transfer Center features a digital display that shows you when the next vehicle is expected to arrive.
  • Reader boards inside buses show the name of the next stop.
  • On the bus, a sign near the operator lights up when a stop has been requested.

For individuals who are hearing impaired, rabbittransit encourages customers to use the PArelay service. This service can be accessed by calling 711. The translation and interpretation services are free of charge.

Limited Mobility
If you use a wheelchair or scooter, or other mobility device, these accessibility features can help you get around on our buses:

ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES

  • Buses are equipped with lifts and kneelers.
  • All buses have priority seating areas inside by the door for seniors and riders with limited mobility, plus space for mobility devices.

Operators shall kneel the bus to make boarding and de-boarding as easy as possible for everyone, by minimizing the slope of the ramp and using the kneeling option as needed. Operators shall provide assistance to passengers upon request. Passengers with disabilities shall be allowed adequate time to board and disembark the vehicle.

Mobility Devices/Aids
All passengers who utilize wheelchairs must be properly secured before the bus may move. Wheelchairs and scooters should be backed onto the bus.

Service animals as defined by the ADA are permitted on all rabbittransit vehicles. The ADA applies to service animals who have been trained to perform specific work or tasks for persons with disabilities.

If a passenger has oxygen or another medical aid, it must be in a pack or be able to be properly secured. At times, our vehicles are delayed due to traffic, auto accidents, and unusual circumstances. Passengers must have enough oxygen to last the duration of their trip.

Bus Lift Limitations
The average bus has a lift that can accommodate a total combined weight of up to 800 pounds, which includes both the mobility device and the customer. The average lift platform can accommodate wheelchair dimensions of 34″ x 51″. rabbittransit may or may not accommodate anything larger or heavier.

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Language Assistance Policy

Limited English Proficiency Policy Statement and Available Resources
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq., provides that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin under any program or activity that receives Federal financial assistance. Title VI and its implementing regulations require that FTA recipients take responsible steps to ensure meaningful access to the benefits, services, information, and other important portions of their programs and activities for individuals who are Limited English Proficient (LEP). The Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (CPTA) provides several options to assist in communicating with individuals who do not speak English. CPTA contracts with Certified Languages International to provide translation services. Customers should identify their need upon calling CPTA and CPTA will conference call in the interpreter. For individuals who are hearing impaired, CPTA encourages customers to use the PArelay service. This service can be accessed by calling 711. The translation and interpretation services are free of charge. Smartphone apps are also recommended for translator resources.

Dominio de Inglés Limitado Declaración Política y los recursos disponibles
Título VI del Acta de Derechos Civiles de 1964, 42 USC 2000d, et seq., Se dispone que ninguna persona será objeto de discriminación por motivos de raza, color u origen nacional en cualquier programa o actividad que reciba asistencia financiera federal. Título VI y sus reglamentos requieren que los receptores FTA tomar medidas responsables para garantizar el acceso efectivo a las prestaciones, servicios, información y otras partes importantes de sus programas y actividades para las personas que están Dominio Limitado del Inglés (LEP). La Autoridad de Transporte de Central Pennsylvania (CPTA) ofrece varias opciones para ayudar en la comunicación con las personas que no hablan Inglés. Contratos con Yata Idiomas certificados internacionales para proporcionar servicios de traducción. Los clientes deben identificar su necesidad en llamar CPTA y CPTA serán conferencia telefónica en el intérprete. Para las personas con problemas de audición, CPTA anima a los clientes a utilizar el servicio PArelay. Este servicio se puede acceder mediante una llamada al 711. Los servicios de traducción e interpretación son gratuitos. Aplicaciones en smartphones también son recomendados para los recursos del traductor.

Diversity

The diversity of the people of Adams, Cumberland, Columbia, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York Counties has been the source of innovative ideas and creative accomplishments throughout the service area’s history into the present. Diversity – a defining feature of our past, present and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region and more.

Because the core mission of the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is to serve the interests of the area, it must seek to serve the diversity among its passengers, stakeholders and among its employees. The Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has a compelling interest in making sure that people from all backgrounds are confident that access to our services and employment is possible from all groups.

Therefore, the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority renews its commitment to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture our mobility and employment goals by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its employment and services.

Diversidad
La diversidad de la gente de los condados de Adams, Cumberland, Columbia, Franklin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union  y York ha sido la fuente de ideas innovadoras y logros creativos en la historia del área de servicios hasta el presente. La diversidad – una característica definitoria de nuestro pasado, presente y futuro – se refiere a la variedad de experiencias personales, valores y visiones del mundo que se derivan de las diferencias de culturas y circunstancias. Estas diferencias incluyen raza, origen étnico, género, edad, religión, idioma, capacidades / discapacidad, orientación sexual, nivel socioeconómico, región geográfica y más.

Como la misión principal de la Autoridad de Transporte de Central Pennsylvania es servir los intereses de la zona, debe tratar de servir la diversidad entre sus pasajeros, las partes interesadas y entre sus empleados. La Autoridad de Transporte de Central Pennsylvania tiene un interés apremiante en asegurarse que las personas de todos los orígenes perciban que el acceso a nuestros servicios y empleos es posible para todos los grupos.

Por lo tanto, la Autoridad de Transporte de Central Pennsylvania renueva su compromiso con la plena realización de su promesa histórica de reconocer y nutrir nuestros objetivos de movilidad y de empleo mediante el apoyo a la diversidad y la igualdad de oportunidades en el empleo y los servicios.

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Transportation Partnership on Mobility

Transportation Partnership on Mobility (TPOM) is made up of several advisory groups that meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month rotating throughout various counties within the rabbittransit service area. The groups meet to discuss solutions for issues related to local and regional public transportation. Individuals with disabilities, seniors, families, advocates, community members and service providers are all welcome to join us in improving mobility services. Meetings are held at various community agency locations. We also connect with community organizations and providers by conducting round table discussions in an effort to identify links and to streamline service between providers in an effort to create a more accessible environment for our consumers. 

Vision 

Through support and collaboration we will ensure safe, affordable, and accessible transportation that is barrier free and where a high quality of life and self-determination are valued. 

Mission 

In partnership with advocates, community members, service providers, seniors, families, and individuals who are living with mobility barriers, rabbittransit will continue to develop, enhance, and support the protection of transportation and rights for persons with disabilities. The focus is to enable individuals to pursue physical well-being, personal and professional satisfaction, and participation as active community members through transportation. 

 

TPOM Meetings Schedule:

The next meeting of the Transportation Partnership on Mobility (TPOM) will be via Zoom on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 2:00PM. All counties are invited to participate. Please register in advance by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
To learn more, contact us at info@rabbittransit.org.
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