City offering transportation options for disabled voters

Published: Oct. 30, 2018 at 6:13 PM EDT
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Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

News 12 @ 6 o’clock / NBC 26 at 7

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Sometimes it just takes just one voice to make a change.

Back in May, right after we voted for Mayor of Augusta and decided where the James Brown Arena should go Veteran Tim Holobaugh spoke up.

“Bus stops on one side leaves you in traffic,” the veteran advocate said.

Holobaugh was frustrated about how hard it was for people in wheelchairs to get to the Christenberry Fieldhouse to vote on Election Day.

"You have to be extremely strong to get up this hill.”

The Americans with Disabilities Officer in Richmond County promised us this.

"Hopefully, by November, we will have solutions and workarounds for citizens who rely on buses to getting polling places,’ said Carol Burrowbridge, ADA Officer.

Fast forward to 8 days before the November Midterm election, and it's not perfect, in fact, there's no change in the infrastructure there.

But the city is trying to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote.

For one, you don't need a doctor's note to use Paratransit on election day now. And two, they are offering discounts for people with disabilities to have the city bus pick you up at your house and take you straight to the polls.

They tried this for the first time in July and it will be the standard from now on.

A question raised then still looking for a better answer now.

"Now the question is where do you go from here."

If you’re in Augusta, you can arrange a trip to the polls, call 706-849-3458.

Transit says they are also reaching out to people who have used the service before.

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