Disability Mobility Initiative 2020-2021 Priorities
- Increase revenue for transportation options that serve those who most rely on public transit and paratransit. Support legislation for sustainable, progressive funding for transit and walking/rolling infrastructure. Push transit agencies to take pro-equity actions that prioritize BIPOC, immigrant, disabled and transit-reliant populations when deciding how to allocate resources.
- Reduce policing of pedestrians and transit users. Advocate for fare-free transit to eliminate enforcement disparities and the criminalization of poverty. Remove police from traffic enforcement and decriminalize “jaywalking.” Reform fare enforcement to create alternatives to fines and/or progressive fine structures.
- Advocate for every community to have accessible sidewalks, crosswalks and transit stops. Demand construction of sidewalks and curb ramps, installation of accessible pedestrian signals and appropriate signal timing for safe crossing. Advocate for the public maintenance of sidewalks and paths to repair cracks and remove debris and snow/ice. Push for funding and installation of bus shelters, benches, trash cans and lighting, prioritizing areas with low transit frequency.
- Eliminate Driver’s License requirements in job postings for positions that don’t require driving in both public and private employers.
- New Mobility That Works for Disabled, BIPOC, Low Income and Immigrant Communities. Ensure on-demand transportation options such as ride hailing (Uber/Lyft), Via to Transit and taxis are accessible and inclusive for disabled and low-income riders and caregivers, provide equivalent levels of service for all users, and do not exploit subminimum wage immigrant and BIPOC labor. Ensure delivery robots and micromobility create benefits and new access points instead of additional burdens for and policing of disabled, BIPOC, low-income and immigrant Washingtonians.
- Fight for communities where everyone can afford to live and access essential services. Ensure that investments in expanded public transit access don’t create harms in existing communities. Push for essential services (low-income housing, groceries, childcare, healthcare facilities) in every community.