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UTA Plan Criticized by Advocates for Disabled

UTA Plan Criticized by Advocates for Disabled

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposal by the Utah Transit Authority to eliminate an unlimited monthly pass for paratransit riders is being criticized by the Disability Law Center.

The center contends that eliminating the pass is discriminatory because UTA's fare increase proposal would continue to offer unlimited passes to regular transit riders. Leslie Schaar, a staff attorney for the Salt Lake City-based legal advocacy group, says that's a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

UTA officials disagree.

Sherry Repscher, ADA compliance officer for the UTAsays the agency isn't even required to discount the paratransit fares, although the transit agency intends to do so.

Some of UTA's disabled customers are angry at the proposal to do away with the current $69 unlimited monthly Flextrans pass for a fixed-fare system that would cost $44 for 30 trips or $76 for 60 trips.

The UTA is expected to take up the fare and the redesign proposals next month.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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