A group that represents disabled people has filed a lawsuit against the city of Colorado Springs. The complaint---the buses for the new Front Range Express service, or FREX, are not handicap accessible.
The city's transit division manager says the city is in compliance with all federal regulations when it comes to handicap accessibility. About half of the buses on the Front Range Express fleet are outfitted for handicapped people. Right now, if you're handicapped and you want to use the FREX service, you have to call 48 hours in advance to get on a properly equipped bus.
The group that has filed this complaint is the Denver-based Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. Its members argue---that’s not good enough, and every bus should be ready to take handicapped passengers.
FREX is a Colorado Springs' operated commuter bus service going from Fountain to Denver with several stops in between. It began running in October, and operators have been very pleased with the response.
The lawsuit claims the service is a fixed route service, with a set schedule, and specific stops.
But the city says the service is a demand responsive system and meets all of the requirements set by the Federal Transit Administration.
The suit is asking for every bus in the fleet to be equipped for people with disabilities. That is something the city says it's working to provide.