DOJ, Megabus reach settlement

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The Justice Department reached a settlement May 16 with a major intercity bus provider to ensure access to its vehicles for people with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Under the terms of the settlement, Megabus must also alter its online reservation system to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. It must also pay a $55,000 civilc penalty and $12,500 in damages to an individual who was forced to transfer out of his wheelchair, rather than be secured in his wheelchair, during a trip from New York to Baltimore.

“Commercial passenger buses are an affordable and growing sector of the transportation industry, and making sure that they are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities is a necessary part of integrating individuals with disabilities into all aspects of American life,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a a Justice Department news release.  Megabus provides transportation from more than 50 bus locations throughout the East Coast and Midwest.