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Drivers for disabled say strike likely


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Drivers for disabled say strike likely

 

After stalled contract talks, the drivers and mechanics of four paratransit companies are expected to begin striking Monday, disrupting service for about 7,000 elderly and disabled passengers around the city.

 

The four companies provide about 50 percent of Access-A-Ride service and employ about 1,600 people. Another 10 companies not involved in the contract dispute will continue to operate.

 

Full story: amNY icon_offsite.png - December 9, 2007

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So them disabled people are that bad to deal with on city buses?

 

During the rush hour on lines that get packed, absolutely. Alot are bums in wheelchairs. I had one today, who fell asleep on the way from B'way to Third Ave. He is always out overnight, and he is a frequent non paying customer, even though his pockets are LOADED. His right leg is awkwardly curved, like a cheese doodle. This man will actually hop up steps with his wheelchair, in a building adjacent to the bus stop at B'way.

 

If they were forced to pay the bus fare, they would use Access-A-Ride alot more often.

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