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Mr. AOW has not driven a vehicle since his brain hemorrhage of September 15, 2009, and frequently makes use of MetroAccess, the paratransit service here in the D.C. area. Fares for door-to-door service range from a minimum of $3.60 each way to a maximum of $13.00 each way – in a limited service area.
The service is heavily subsidized. Those vans are expensive to purchase and to fuel! In addition, the drivers, who work long shifts, must be specially trained and paid a salary.
Mr. AOW and I are grateful for MetroAccess. We used the paratransit service with frequency for over four years so that he could go to doctors' appointments, physical therapy sessions, and, occasionally, to social events before we purchased our own handicapped van. And we still use MetroAccess even now, albeit only occasionally.
Yes, the fares for using MetroAccess put a dent in the wallet and are not covered by health insurance. Fares for a private handicapped taxi are much more expensive, however: a minimum of $10.00 each way even if the distance traveled is a mere two miles. As far as we know, there is no cap on the maximum fares for private handicapped taxes.
It never ceases to amaze me that most people who are not dealing with a physically handicapped member of the family believe that the services provided by MetroAccess service are free to those using the paratransit system! Why should a paratransit service be free?
I am disappointed that so many political conservatives have bought into the entitlement mentality — even though these same conservatives vociferously condemn most entitlements.
Cultural Marxism is everywhere and manifests itself in numerous forms!