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DAAA Encourages DART Riders to Stand up for Seniors

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DAAA Encourages DART Riders to Stand up for Seniors

Norman Geitzen, age 68, loves the Senior Fair at Eddie Deen’s Ranch. But getting there is a challenge. Last year, he rode the DART rail from Richardson to downtown Dallas during the morning commute. No one offered him a seat, and he stood for the entire trip. Mr. Gietzen, like many seniors, gets fatigued when he stands for long periods of time.
 
When Monita McGhee, director of the Dallas Area Agency on Aging, heard Mr. Gietzen’s story, she used it and the Eddie Deen’s event as a springboard to launch a campaign to foster an environment of respect for older riders and people with disabilities. “A little consideration goes a long way here,” said McGhee. The first improvement: DART buses and trains will feature rolling reminders about priority seating for seniors and people with disabilities.
 
The Community Transportation Network continues to find solutions that make the transportation experience more accessible and comfortable for all riders. For more information, contact Mary Grinsfelder at 214-954-4243,
mgrinsfelder@ccgd.org.



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