What does ADA (or “ADA paratransit”) mean?
• A. “ADA” stands for the Americans with Disabilities act, a law prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, and public services such as transportation. The ADA considers regular city bus service (Sun Tran) to be “the primary mode of public transportation for everyone”. For this reason, all cities with regular city bus service must make that service “accessible” to (usable by) individuals with disabilities and provide a comparable, origin to destination, or “paratransit” service, for those who are unable to use the regular city bus service due to a disability. In Tucson, Sun Van is that “ADA Paratransit” service. Pima County provides a similar service called “Pima Transit / Handi-Car”.