The City of Sioux Falls is in the process of trying to figure out if it needs to scale back its Paratransit system....the buses that provide service to those with handicaps.
Cutting service would save the city some money.....but it would also dramatically change the lives of those who need that service.
Last week, we got a phone call from a man named Chad Powell....and Chad was upset. "It just breaks my heart that they are doing this." What Chad is worried about is a potential cut back in service for Sioux Falls' Paratransit service. A cut back that could mean fewer rides to fewer places. "I think what they're doing is not right. I think they should leave things the way they are. Just leave it alone."
Chad can't go anywhere without Paratransit. Movies, basketball games, concerts....he wouldn't go to any of them without Paratransit. But this is his most important trip...the one that helps him find focus and purpose. "I am a junior assistant scoutmaster for this troop."
"He's able to work with us with some of the boys to work on skills." Mark Shlanta is the scoutmaster of Sioux Falls Troop 48....and says Chad's work here is valuable....that the scouts here like Chad and respect Chad...and Chad feels the same about them. "I sure hope and our troop hopes that we will be able to find and fill those budget gaps to support Paratransit."
Chad Powell is a quiet man. A man who just wants to life his life and be able to get around town easily. Right now he can.....but the independence and freedom Chad receives from Paratransit...may not last much longer. "I'm glad that they still have this transportation and I just wish they would just leave it alone."
Tomorrow afternoon, the Sioux Falls City Council Transit Task Force will hold it's first meeting at Carnegie Town Hall. Over the next six months, that task force will develop a list of recommendations for the city's long term transportation strategy...included in that will be the future of Paratransit.
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