How do Deaf-Blind individuals get around?
One way is by bus or skytrain.
Another way is by taxi.
I am going to explore pros and cons of taking the bus vs taking a taxi.
For simplicity: I will use Transit to mean all forms of public transit: bus, subway, streetcar, Skytrain, Seabus (Vancouver people know what these are!), or commuter rail. Also included are services like intercity buses, shuttles and such.
Pros for Transit:
- Well, the best for us Blind Canadians is that almost every Transit system across the country is free. Some intercity bus services are not free.
- The routes are more and more flexible, more wider net. They go further.
Cons for Transit:
- Schedules; wait times between buses.
- If you live at top of hill, the bus won’t go up there! You need to walk up…
- Overcrowding… long lines to get on bus…
Pros for Taxi:
- Pick up at the door, drop off at destination; means no climbing hills.
- Variety of ways to get from A to B.
- TaxiSavers (available for people with Handypass in Vancouver), can get you from A to B at cheaper rate.
Cons for Taxi:
- Especially for Deaf people; calling and booking taxi are impossible. Flagging them down are just as hard.
- Unavailability, or long waits.
- If not have TaxiSavers, must pay full, can be expensive.
Is that all? Can you add more? Let me know!
Of, by the way, there is a third way to get around: and that is to hot wire (which was common during the 70’s & 80’s) a car and drive it yourself, avoid the cops at all costs! Or you can ask a friend to drive you (or hot wire a car… whatever turns your motor!)
Have a great day!