Metra, Pace and CTA and trains and buses were not always required to provide equal access to people with disabilities. In fact, just 30 years ago, public transportation in Chicago was probably not an option if you had a disability.
Instead, many people with disabilities relied on door-to-door paratransit, which offered limited and inconsistent service in the Chicago region.
One of the great landmarks in US civil rights legislation was the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Among the many benefits of this wide-ranging legislation, the ADA established comprehensive public transit standards across the United States.
What many people don’t know is that there was a strong grassroots movement in Chicago and around the nation that helped lay...