CTD 2016 Annual Report Hit #8

CTD Top Ten Hits of 2016

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From our ongoing advocacy work and yearly events to the purchase of our new building, 2016 has been a huge year for CTD! Check out the highlights of our year in review. Formerly a guitar store, our sweet new digs inspired the music theme of this year's report.

8. Don't Stop Me Now! Making transportation better for Texans with disabilities

3 images. 1 A large group of men and women, some seated in wheelchairs at the front, pose for a photo on a large wooden porch. 2 Screen shot of a news broadcast, a reserved parking sign with the title Keeping Businesses Handicap Accessible below. 3 Uber ACCESS logo, the words UberACCESS, expanding transportation option appear on top of outlines of two cars.

Counter-clockwise from left: Freshly deputized Parking Mobility volunteers. UberACCESS. News story "Keeping Businesses Handicap Accessible," featuring interviews with CTD's Chase Bearden and Dennis Borel.


We've continued our work with Parking Mobility to promote better enforcement and public awareness of accessible parking in Travis County. CTD's Chase Bearden was elected President to the PM board early this year.

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), also known as ride sharing apps, like Uber and Lyft, are getting ready for a show down this Legislative session. Some legislators want to create statewide rules that regulate this emerging industry. On the other hand, some Texas cities, like Austin and Houston, already have such rules in place- and would rather keep local control. In all clamor, the topic of accessibility has been largely absent. That's why we're pushing state leadership to keep people with disabilities in the conversation and commit to our Principles of Accessibility in Vehicles-for-Hire.

CTD is also lining up to support legislation banning the use of hand-held devices while driving, also known as texting while driving. We’ve listened to our members who have said that pedestrians with disabilities are at high risk from distracted drivers, either due to lack of mobility, low profiles in wheelchairs, or sight or hearing disabilities.

Help us steer Texas in the right direction in 2017! Join our Transportation & Paratransit Action group!