Broward County Transportation Access Suit
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A disability rights advocate has asked for an emergency order telling Broward County's mass transit agency to stop violating federal law by discriminating against handicapped riders.
Carlisle Wilson, a quadriplegic wheelchair user, said Broward County Transit has received $142 million in federal funds since 1994 but hasn't complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The suit, filed Monday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, seeks to force the county to increase the money it spends on making the bus system more accessible for individuals with disabilities. Also it seeks "to end the blatantly discriminatory practices" of the water taxis in Broward.
County transit officials declined to comment on the allegations.
The suit says more than 60 percent of the county's bus stops are not accessible to those with disabilities. It accuses the county of failing to provide riders with accurate information about which stops are accessible.