Monrovia has settled with the Department of Justice following a federal review that discovered the town’s GoMonrovia transportation program didn’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The program supplied reduced-fare Lyft rides to residents 24 hours a day and 7 days every week, however as a result of Lyft didn’t provide wheelchair-accessible autos, the town restricted people with disabilities to a separate dial-a-ride service, which didn’t function after 10 p.m. or on sure holidays, in accordance to a launch by the DOJ. The review discovered Empire Transportation’s accessible autos couldn’t be reserved by an internet site or by phone, and required passengers to fill out a paper application.
GoMonrovia launched in 2018 and made Lyft the “primary public transit provider for all non-ADA-related services,” in accordance to a press launch by the town. The program rapidly reached about 30,000 rides per 30 days, roughly what its conventional dial-a-ride service lined in a complete year for a similar worth, a case examine printed by the American Public Transportation Association discovered. The metropolis’s web site lists fares as little as $3.
GoMonrovia was typically thought-about a hit. It gained two authorities excellence awards from the International City’/County Management Association in 2020, in accordance to the town. Caltrans even studied it as a attainable answer for getting riders simply to different public transportation choices, such because the Metro strains.
But, not less than in accordance to the DOJ, the town’s effort to be progressive backfired by creating an unequal system.
Now, the settlement settlement between Monrovia and the DOJ requires the town to replace the GoMonrovia program to provide equal entry for people with disabilities, together with the identical hours of operation. In a statement, the DOJ indicated Monrovia didn’t admit to denying advantages or excluding anybody on the premise of a incapacity.
In an e mail, City Manager Dylan Feik stated the town will implement additional adjustments to the GoMonrovia program.
“The City has been working to make improvements to the GoMonrovia experience for individuals with disabilities since the program started,” he said. “We believe the service has always provided necessary services to those individuals, but we have recently obtained grant funding to improve the vehicles available to individuals with disabilities and also the application process.”
During a presentation earlier this summer time, metropolis employees instructed the City Council that residents “in the near future” would have the option to request a dial-a-ride, ADA-accessible car immediately by Lyft.