And it is a special day for Gary Talbot, MBTA's Assistant General Manager for Systemwide Accessibility, and not just because of the ADA anniversary. Gary was invited to the White House for today's celebration of the anniversary.
Before heading to Washington, D.C., Talbot joined people on Boston Common today for the local celebration. T ambassadors answered questions about accessibility, and were also available at Park Street, Chinatown, Boylston, Arlington, South Station, North Station and Back Bay Stations.
Talbot later joined the ADA celebration at the White House, seen in the yellow shirt near the President.
Talbot says significant improvements to accessibility have been made at the MBTA in the past three years, including:
- 300 new low-floor buses now in service
- elevator uptime consistently exceeding 99%
- dual-mode signs placed in stations and on some vehicles
- enhanced training for all staff
- purchase of emergency evacuation equipment designed for customers with disabilities.
According to Talbot, "management support for accessibility initiatives has never been stronger and we will have every opportunity to build on our recent successes and achieve our goal of becoming the global benchmark for accessible and inclusive public transportation."
Learn more about the MBTA commitment to system-wide accessibility.
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