Cincinnati Streetcar hosts Disability Day open house

Cincinnati Streetcar hosts Disability Day open house

OVER-THE-RHINE, OH (FOX19 NOW) - The Cincinnati Streetcar hosted a community event aimed at acclimating those with disabilities to the new cars.

This week marks the 26th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Cincinnati Metro celebrated by giving people a tour of the streetcars outfitted to accommodate a variety of disabilities.

"A lot of times, people may feel they have to take a little extra time to get on the bus but this way they can get on, you're in control of everything yourself," said Jenell Walton, Cincinnati Metro Spokesperson.

The streetcars offer 100 percent low-floor boarding from the platforms. No ramps or stairs are needed. For those in wheelchairs, designated areas on the streetcars allow the passenger to ride freely without being secured. For those hearing or vision impaired, all streetcars are equipped with notification boards with visual memos and PA systems with constant audible notifications.

Families at today's event were thankful for the opportunity to help their loved ones get oriented prior to riding the streetcar.

"With something new like this, I wanted to make sure he knows how to work everything because he's really on his own," said Joyce Fairbanks talking about her grandson whom is living with disabilities.

The Cincinnati Streetcar opens to passengers on September 9, 2016.

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