The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $250,000 agreement for two years with ClasTran (Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium) to provide public transportation for elderly and disabled residents.
This agreement comes amid sustained efforts from the city to strengthen and extend the reach of public transportation opportunities within the city.
“One of the reasons that ClasTran came about was to help fill the gap for residents who may not live within a short distance to a fixed bus route, or who may have some other limiting factors that don’t allow them to access the public transportation options in the city,” Councilor Darrell O’Quinn said.
Councilor Hunter Williams said, “I still want to push for a metropolitan-wide Birmingham On-Demand. I don’t think that our transit is too big to fix and we all know it needs to be fixed. No one knows that more than the ridership and I hope that we can continue to push for and extended footprint of Birmingham On-Demand. And maybe, as we move forward with that, we can look into more ways for increased handicap accommodations.”