KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County is making its transit system compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act as part of a lawsuit settlement.
West Hawaii Today reports the lawsuit filed by Maui resident Ed Muegge and his attorney said the county denied him equal access to public transportation.
Muegge said he uses an electric scooter to get around. Other riders who use similar scooters have said the mobility devices are difficult to fit in certain bus aisles.
The settlement agreement was signed Aug. 13. It awards attorney's fees, $10,000 for Muegge, and gives Hawaii County two years to establish a paratransit system, among other stipulations.
The paratransit plan is expected to cost $800,000 initially.
Muegge has filed ADA lawsuits in the past, with varying degrees of success.