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Rail transit workshop focuses on seniors and disabled

Kirk Caldwell Kirk Caldwell

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City held a workshop on rail transit accessibility to assure people the project is being designed with everyone in mind.

"Our kupuna and those with disabilities already make up 25 percent of our current city bus ridership, and are expected to be consistent riders of Honolulu's Rail Transit System," acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

About one hundred seniors and persons with disabilities attended the event at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. They saw demonstrations on wheelchair access and heard how rail platforms and signage will assist those suffering from vision and hearing loss.

"They had a model of the platform with the tactile strip that's near the edge of the platform to give you warning about the edge of the track," said Charlene Ito, who gets around with the help of a service dog.

"As long as it's considered at this stage, at the early planning stage, then it should not be burdensome to really make this accessible to not only wheelchairs but all kinds of persons with disabilities," said Lunsford Phillips, who is wheelchair bound.

The event was held in coordination with senior and disability organizations.

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