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Special Transit Services Advisory Committee

The RTA has established a paratransit advisory committee, formally known as the Special Transit Services Advisory Committee; in order make sure our transportation system is serving the needs of persons with disabilities in the New Orleans community. The committee’s objectives are to:

  • Provide a forum for the concerns of persons with disabilities in the RTA’s service areas.

  • Review current RTA policies, services, and procedures that affect the disabled community

  • Prepare comments and written recommendations for the RTA board about issues affecting persons with disabilities

  • Assist the RTA Board when it plans services for persons with disabilities

  • Provide technical assistance and advice about serving persons with disabilities

Meeting Dates

The Special Transit Services Advisory Committee meets the first Thursday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the boardroom at the RTA Building at 2817 Canal Street. All meetings are open to the public.

Committee Members

The Special Transit Services Advisory Committee is made up of the ten members of the New Orleans community. Five are representatives from organizations involved in issues that concern persons with disabilities. Five are private citizens who advocate for the needs of persons with disabilities.

  • Pauline Banks, STRIVE Center

  • Shari Bernius, The Deaf Action Center

  • G. Stephen Donahue, Disability Advocate

  • Cheri LaCour Duckworth, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

  • Mercidee Favarote, Disability Advocate

  • LaQuan Fields, New Orleans Council on Aging

  • Patricia Ginart , Disability Advocate

  • Lydia Miller, Disability Advocate

  • Lenzo Perry, Disability Advocate

  • Jeffery Rowe, The Advocacy Center

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