Metro at Abilities Expo

Note the straps for easy securement on buses.

The Abilities Expo got underway today at the L.A. Convention Center West Hall and will continue through the weekend. Booths and vendors abound, showcasing the latest products and services to help make life easier for those with disabilities, and there are free workshops, events and activities for everyone.

Wheelchair expert Willie Boyd shows a wheelchair securement strap.

Metro is participating with a booth offering information. Americans Disability Act (ADA) Ambassador bus operators can answer any questions you may have, and wheelchair experts are on hand to attach straps and pre-mark wheelchairs for bus securement. This service is free of charge.

A wheelchair getting pre-marked for securement.

All of Metro bus lines are ADA accessible, and Metro Rail system is ADA compliant for all passengers. Metro boards over 66,000 riders in wheelchairs per month on the Metro system and offers reduced fares to passengers with disabilities. Riders with current Access Service ID cards may ride the Metro bus and rail at no cost.

A different type of wheelchair getting pre-marked.

Metro ADA Ambassador Dana Hollins answers questions.

So if you have time, swing by the Abilities Expo. The expo is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. The Convention Center is easily accessible from the Blue Line Pico Station, or check Trip Planner for the most convenient bus.

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