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Accessible Transit Project

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The Town of Paradise is developing an accessible transportation pilot program. The pilot program will be for residents of the Town who are persons with a disability. 

Focus Group Participants - Expression of Interest

As part of developing the pilot project, the Town is hosting Focus Groups to seek input from potential users of the program. Eligible participants must be a resident of Paradise and a person with a disability or have a family member who is a person with a disability and currently resides in Paradise. If you are interested in participating in this Focus Group, please send your name, contact information, and summarize in 250 words or less why you would like to participate. 

Please submit your Expression of Interest by email to planning [@] paradise [DOT] ca Expressions of Interest must be received by December 2, 2020. 

The Focus Groups are scheduled for December 10 and will be help via Zoom meeting, to support all public health guidelines. Sign language interpretation and real time captioning will be provided.

Background 

The Town of Paradise is committed to developing a transportation system that meets the needs of all residents. In recent years, the Town has invested in offering public transit to Paradise through the Metrobus service and in a Key2Access pilot project. (This is a new technology that offers an accessible alternative for requesting a pedestrian crossing that does not require the user to reach a button on a pole.)

These projects are addressing the needs of many residents, but work is needed to make the Town more accessible. In Your Paradise - Plan 2022, the Town's strategic plan, one of the goals is to work towards making the Town accessible for all residents, including the transportation systems available. 

Budget 2020 contained funding for an accessible transportation pilot project. This pilot service is not meant to be a Go Bus type service, but rather a system that provides service within the Town for residents who have a disability. We have researched best practices being used by municipalities across the country and meeting with the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador to determine the type of pilot project that the Town can offer to eligible residents. 

Originally the Town has planned to launch the pilot project in Summer 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the timing of this project. The Town is now looking at launching the project in Winter 2021.

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