News in Brief - July 2003

Accessible Summer Vacation Planning

Easter Seal’s Project ACTION Accessible Travelers’ Database includes a comprehensive resource for summer vacation planning.  The database of U.S. transit systems is supplemented with info on accessible tours and tour companies, accessible airport (and other private) shuttles and accessible taxi services.

Visit:  www.easter-seals.org.


Travel Hot Line

The U.S. Department of Transportation has a toll free hot line to provide education and assistance in resolving disability-related air travel problems.  It is available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST.

Many disabled air travelers are not aware of their rights; hot line operators are well-versed in the law and can provide on-the-spot info.  However, the hot line is currently underutilized.  Call 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY).


Applicants Sought for TAAC

The Metropolitan Council is taking applications for a chairperson and eight members to serve on its Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC).

The committee was created by the Legislature to advise the Metropolitan Council on management policies for special transportation services in the region.  TAAC must include a balance of older persons and people with disabilities who use the service, other users of special transportation services, representatives of contract providers of special transportation services, and representatives of appropriate agencies for older persons and people with disabilities.

TAAC members must live in the seven-county metro area.  At least half of the committee must be certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act and be active users of public ground transportation in the metro area.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Friday, July 18.  For questions about TAAC, call Dana Rude, (651) 602-1663.  For an application, call Alison Coleman, (651) 602-1701.