Asking residents to share their thoughts, concerns and experiences to improve the program.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) will join MTA NYCT Vice President of Paratransit Thomas J. Charles and MTA Board Member Allen Cappelli to host a public forum to improve the Access-A-Ride Program. The forum will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the New Lane Neighborhood Senior Center, 70 New Lane (off Bay Street) in Rosebank, Staten Island.

“The Access-A-Ride program is vital to our senior citizens and disabled community but has a few flaws that need to be worked out,” said Malliotakis. “I’m delighted to be joined by representatives from the MTA to help build a better program for those who need the extra transportation assistance. Right now, many patrons find their transportation can be delayed or disoriented based on the Access-A-Ride carrier who picks them up and others who truly need the program have been denied. Hopefully, our MTA representatives will better understand the problems with Access-A-Ride so they can make the necessary improvements.”

The Access-A-Ride program allows eligible commuters, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, to reserve a trip in advance to a destination within the service area covered by public buses and subways. MTA New York City Transit administers the Access-A-Ride program through shared-ride, door-to-door, or feeder service.