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Can't Get There From Here
While suburban rail spends and stumbles, Cap Metro's transit-dependent riders wait at the end of the line
News Story  January 22, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...If you're at a place that doesn't have seating, you can't just stand there 30 minutes until ... your ride shows up," says Diane Bomar-Aleman, who chairs Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee and who is visually impaired...."

Cap Metro 2020: Sounds Like a Plan
Board gives early nod to restructuring of routes and schedules
News Story  February 26, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Diane Bomar-Aleman – who, as chair of the Access Advisory Committee, has struggled with the agency on such issues – reminded board members that the three-fourths-mile corridor is a minimum requirement. "ADA does not prohibit going outside three-fourths of a mile," she said..."

Linda Watson Hired as New Cap Met CEO
Opinions on the incoming transit chief
DAILY News  June 17, 2010, by Lee Nichols


Watson Takes Cap Metro Wheel
New CEO's first order of business is to clean up transit agency's image
News Story  July 30, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"..."I hope that she will be willing to work to neutralize ... the current way that Capital Metro has been dealing with the disability community," said Diane Bomar-Aleman, the chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee and a harsh critic of the agency's paratransit policies..."

Welcome to Capital Metro
Whoever the new CEO turns out to be – she'll have her hands full
News Story  June 18, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Advocates for people with disabilities are determined to keep MetroAccess service at least at its current levels and argue that it should go back to the even broader area it once served. The chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee, Diane Bomar-Aleman, and local attorney Pat Bartel, both of whom have visual impairments, have expressed opposition to hiring Watson for the CEO job, saying the stringency of no-show policies at her Orlando transit agency violate the ADA (Watson denies this)...."

Cap Metro CEO Candidates on Accessibility, Finances
Forum brings out candidates' views on agency's biggest challenges
News Story  May 21, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...But the disability advocates favored Wath­en Finn. Diane Bomar-Aleman of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee said, "I'm very, very biased at this point toward Deborah." She and attorney Pat Bartel complained that LYNX's accommodations for the disabled – and its committee process for dealing with such issues – were less than sterling, despite Watson's assurances that LYNX complies with the ADA...."

Watson to Take Cap Metro Wheel
Public sector experience clinched the deal for transit board
News Story  June 25, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...Not everyone in the community has that confidence. Disability rights activist Diane Bomar-Aleman, chair of Cap Metro's Access Advisory Committee, and the Metro Mobil­ity Working Group (a court-created body resulting from a lawsuit settlement with Cap Metro) openly lobbied against Watson for what Bomar-Aleman describes as LYNX's failure to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act..."

Limited Access: Cap Metro Gets Tough on Paratransit
Cap Metro changes could leave disabled customers without a ride
News Story  October 1, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"..."These things cause family issues when you kick people off – and I don't want to use any other word – of their transit system when that's all the choice they have," Diane Bomar-Aleman, chair of Cap Metro's Access Advis­ory Committee, told the board. "This does affect families and relationships; it doesn't just affect their transportation issues."..."

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