No one is unhappier with Arborland’s decision to eliminate its AATA bus stop last month than commuters with disabilities. The stop at the shopping center was replaced by two stops on either side of Washtenaw. While there are sidewalks on both sides, individuals with walkers or in wheelchairs must board buses in the street and get across Washtenaw–a particular challenge for disabled riders headed for the U-M Medical Center. When the weather worsens, snow and slush will make it even more difficult.
Carolyn Grawi of the Center for Independent Living suggests riders study the Ride Guide or contact the AATA (996-0400) for help planning a trip that involves a transfer at Arborland. She also encourages people to speak up about Arborland’s refusal to renew the AATA’s lease. “Not only will they [disabled riders] not want to shop there, they won’t be able to get there,” she predicts. “It is a bad idea for everyone all around.”