Website Streamlines Michigan Transit Information

The tool is designed to help people with disabilities navigate the state’s complex public transit network.

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March 12, 2024, 10:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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A new website from Disability Rights Michigan helps people with disabilities access information about transit options in the state, reports Shandra Martinez in Second Wave Michigan.

This interactive guide will help users navigate Michigan’s complex transportation system by allowing them to search for options by city, zip code, or a keyword. It also has sections to help travelers know their rights and access community resources. The guide includes a transportation map, a statewide list of transit providers and their information.

The project grew out of a perceived need as people with mobility challenges sought access to Covid-19 vaccines. According to Mark McWilliams, director of advocacy at DRM, “Through our advocacy work during the COVID-19 pandemic, DRM saw the need for significant systemic changes to advance health equity for Michigan’s disability community. This includes transportation.”

The article points out that, while the website helps people discover and navigate existing services, Michigan lags behind other states in public transit investment. “Michigan's per capita spending in transit in Detroit is less than state investments in 38 other metro regions nationwide.”

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