Join us in honoring October’s Disability Awareness Month

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You may have seen these ads on your bus already. They started appearing last month as part of Metro’s “We are Metro” courtesy campaign inspired by the Transit Advisory Commission.

This October, we invite you to join us in recognizing Disability Awareness Month. We are proud to continue a campaign we started a year ago: We are Metro – Community driven! The diversity of people who use and operate Metro’s services is one of the things that makes our Metro community great. Recent bus cuts and an unmet demand for more service mean that now more than ever, how we treat each other can make or break our transit experience.

What can you do to help?
Having your fare ready when you board or using an ORCA card can be your way of keeping the bus moving. Understand that a customer with limited mobility may take a little longer to pay fare. Thank the bus driver. Offer a priority seat to a fellow customer. Help a parent stow away a stroller. Keep what you bring on board with you from blocking the aisle whether it is a pet, a mobility device or a suitcase. Keep your music and cell phone conversations to yourself. There are lots of things we can do to make the bus ride a good experience.

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Sign up to receive emails about Metro accessibility. Join more than 11,400 people to learn about things such as changes to affect customers with disabilities and opportunities to provide feedback on accessibility issues.

We invite you to share your stories and pictures…

  • here on the blog
  • tweet us at @kcmetrobus
  • post on Metro Facebook, or
  • simply add the hashtag #WeAreMetro to any social media post.

Share with others what you observe others doing or what you do to make sure your fellow riders have a good experience.

This month the Metro Matters blog will be highlighting existing programs and tools to make our services easier to access. Metro has a long history of working to make sure that services are accessible, no one is left behind and all of us have a better ride. Thanks for joining us in making Metro a community that works for all of us.

Editor’s note: the Transit Advisory Commission are Metro customers appointed by the King County Council to advise Metro on your behalf. We represent all the county council districts and half of us represent customers with disabilities. Would you be interested in joining us? To learn more about the Commission or to apply to be a member visit the Transit Advisory Commission website. We Are Metro!

We Are Metro – Community Driven!

Editor’s Note: October is Disability Awareness Month, and as a national pioneer in providing accessible bus service Metro Transit celebrates and reaffirms its commitment to providing safe and accessible service for all riders. King County’s transit culture is strong and growing. We Are Metro – Community Driven! Thanks to our Metro Transit Advisory Commission for guest blogging this week!

The Metro Transit Advisory Commission – Metro customers appointed by the King County Council to advise Metro on your behalf. Half of us represent districts and half of us represent customers with disabilities.

The Metro Transit Advisory Commission – Metro customers appointed by the King County Council to advise Metro on your behalf. We represent all the county council districts and half of us represent customers with disabilities.

This October, King County Metro is celebrating Disability Awareness Month with a campaign called We Are Metro. When we work together, more of us can get to our destinations safely and on time. Whether we are young, old, Hispanic, gay, straight or blind. Metro has a long history of working to make sure that services are accessible, no one is left behind and all of us have a better ride. Ramps rather than stairs, flip up seats to keep aisles clear and automated stop information announcements so you don’t miss your stop.

Accessible equipment is just the start. What each rider does on the bus can make a better transit service for us all. Having your fare ready when you board or using an ORCA card can be your way of keeping the bus moving. Having patience when a customer with limited mobility who takes a little longer to pay fare lowers their anxiety and maybe your blood pressure! Thanking the bus driver. Offering a priority seats to a fellow customer. Keeping what you bring on board with you from blocking the aisle whether it is a pet, a mobility device or a suitcase. There are lots of things we can do to make the bus ride a good experience.

Though we speak with separate voices, we come together to form a brighter chorus that represents a common vision. And that is what this campaign is all about – working together.

Now we want to hear your story. Share your stories and pictures here on the blog, tweet us at @kcmetrobus or post on Metro Facebook, or simply add the hashtag #WeAreMetro to any social media post. Share with others how you use Metro and what you do to make sure your fellow riders have a good experience. Have you seen a driver or rider helping make the ride better? We want to hear about that too!

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This month the Metro Matters blog will be highlighting what Metro does to make our services easier to access. Blog posts over the next couple of weeks will cover:

  • History of accessibility at Metro – Did you know that we were one of the first transit agencies to have accessible buses? We started purchasing buses with lifts in 1979 and all of our fleet was accessible by 1999.
  • Learning how to use transit – riding the bus with a disability means learning to use the accessible equipment and safety and riding tips. Metro offers free training to individuals and groups.
  • Driver support – Metro drivers are out there every day to keep us moving. We’ll talk about what we are doing to help our drivers when they are out there on the road.
  • Have Your Say – Metro staff is continually working to make it easier to access our services. Our final blog post of the month will give an opportunity for customers to provide input on what we should focus on next.

Would you be interested in joining us? To learn more about the Commission or to apply to be a member visit the Transit Advisory Commission website. We Are Metro!