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Local transportation system more accessible due to ADA legislation, EWG efforts at implementation

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law 25 years ago, putting in place comprehensive civil rights legislation intended to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantee them equal opportunity to pursue employment and to participate in government programs and services.

“Much has been accomplished with ADA, but there is still much to do,” says Wayne Flesch, community relations coordinator for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization. “All of Metro’s buses are now accessible. None of them were 25 years ago.”

Most bus stops have been made accessible, Flesch says, and progress is being made on the remaining ones. East-West

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