The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...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...."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...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)...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"..."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."..."