Although not perfect, accessible public transportation in these two cities is improving.
Public transportation has provided me with a lifeline to pursue my education, jobs and social life. As a student and a working person who uses a wheelchair, I understand both the freedom and the frustration of traveling on Phoenix’s Valley Metro and Boston’s Mass Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) systems.
Find resources on accessible public transportation, including travel scooters and vehicles, as well as information on portable ramps and lifts.
It was 5 o’clock on a weekday afternoon. I was sitting on the corner of Montrose, a five-lane thoroughfare through downtown Houston, and Sul Ross, a little cross street between West Alabama and Richmond. The class I was taking at the University of St. Thomas had ended for the day, and I was waiting for my faithfully late METRO bus.
The first skyscrapers I ever saw were in Houston, Texas, when Daddy took our family to the city for a weekend excursion, from Corpus Christi.
My sisters and I spent hours trying on dresses in a massive department store. We’d never seen an escalator and begged to ride it over and over. For lunch, we sat in school desks and ate bowls of chunky chili at the original James Coney Island.