On November 16, 2000, disabled transit users filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its provider of paratransit services, Access Services, Inc., alleging violations of the ...
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On November 16, 2000, disabled transit users filed suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its provider of paratransit services, Access Services, Inc., alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 42 U.S.C. 1983, and various state laws. Represented by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, and Protection and Advocacy, Inc., plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief.
Plaintiffs alleged that defendants violated state and federal laws by failing to provide paratransit services comparable to its regular public transportation. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that defendants violated those laws by requiring disabled riders to schedule rides at least 24 hours in advance, by failing to show up for scheduled rides, and by failing to be on time in comparison to their regular services.
Pursuant to the plaintiffs' unopposed motion, the District Court (Judge Consuelo B. Marshall) entered an order on July 3, 2001 certifying a class consisting of "all qualified persons with disabilities who [were] eligible for paratransit services provided by Defendants." On May 21, 2003, the case was transferred to Judge James V. Selna and renumbered 03-CV-820-JVS.
On September 24, 2004, the District Court (Judge James V. Selna) entered a joint stipulation for settlement. In accordance with the stipulation, the defendants agreed to enhance their paratransit services by allowing for same-day reservations for disabled passengers, establishing a quality service subcommittee dedicated to paratransit services, and completing an independent annual audit of paratransit services. The defendants also agreed to pay the plaintiffs' attorney's fees and costs in the amount of $290,000. A slight modification to the stipulation was entered in 2005. The stipulation remained in effect for thirty-six months after entry. The docket does not reveal any activity after the 2005 modification. Tifani Sadek - 10/09/2013