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(music lyrics to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady”)
“May I have your attention please?” “May I have your attention please?” About public transportation in
southern California with some tips and some advice hopefully you can use. Number one is Access Paratransit. Now if you’re in LA County, you probably
have seen those white vans with the Access sign. Now once you get your access card, if you do quality for a PCA, which is a Personal Care Assistant, that person rides with you for
free. Once you get verified, do the paperwork,
you can use access services. You can go from all the way from Disneyland to Long Beach to Northridge, to, pretty much anywhere in LA county. (upbeat background music) And what’s great
about them is that they are 24/7. So once you get Access, you’ll get this
little like Access card that you can use thoroughout LA county. And, you can actually use that service in
different cities. So if you’re traveling for 21 days within
a year, you can use it for different cities and use their paratransit. But just keep in mind that not all of the
cities offer it 24/7. LA is probably the only county that I know that I’ve been to
that offers their service for wheelchair accessible vehicles for, just, 24/7 even on hoidays. Just make sure that you do plan a lot ahead of
time because sometimes they’re late and sometimes, one time they just didn’t show
up, but as long as you call and figure out where, what’s happening, they’ll,
they’re never gonna leave you, like, you’re always going to be okay with them. You can also transfer, so if you wanna go
to Orange County, you can transfer in Knotts Berry Farm or Disneyland, which is you can
also transfer into different counties. Number two. So, RTA, also stands for Riverside Transportation
Agency. And they also work as the same as Access where
they give um, transportation assistance for people with disabilities. And, they’re usually the normal of how a
different city would do it, whether it’s Hawaii or Atlanta or Nashville. They do follow a bus system and they have limited hours that they operate. But they’re usually pretty good. I’ve never had any problems with the ramps
or strap downs. Um, for them I would also use coupons cause
dealing with cash and all that stuff, um, just got really annoying for me. Just make sure you plan ahead, you might get
other riders on your trip. Sometimes you’ll have to transfer trip, so make sure you have plenty of time, a couple of hours depending on where you’re
going for that destination. (upbeat background music) Number three. The Greyhound. And the Greyhound is more nation broad, so
state to state, city to city, it really doesn’t matter but the problem that I have with Greyhound is that some of the bus drivers, they don’t really know what they’re doing. And if they do know what they’re doing,
a lot of the times the equipment is just not working or is just broken. Sometimes it’ll take ‘em an hour to get
the ramp working. Sometimes it’ll take ‘em an hour to move
the chairs out of the way. (beeping) When I have problems with Greyhound,
I usually know within two minutes that there’s gonna be a problem and that’s when I start
to document everything. I’ll say, 9:40 the bus came, 9:42 the ramp
wasn’t working; take pictures and videos if that needs to happen as well. And I would just just email or call the ADA
department in Greyhound the next day to let them know what’s happening. So that they can investigate and also make
sure you write down the bus number, um, the name of the bus driver. Sometimes they actually will leave you and
then you’re stranded at a station; you’re like, what do I do? So, be very cautious about using Greyhound,
but they are great cause you can go long distances not just county within county. So, if the…So if the Greyhound isn’t just your favorite thing, you can actually use the
bus system and you don’t need any qualifications or any eligibility to take the city bus. (beeping and upbeat background music) And, every city that I’ve been to, the ramps are great. I’ve never had a problem with taking the
city bus, they’re pretty…they do take a long time and don’t go long distances but
just be aware that if there’s too many people on the bus, you’re gonna be left
behind. If there are already two wheelchairs on the
bus, you’re gonna be left behind. But, if you are in LA county and you have
your Access ID card, in LA county, you can ride the bus for free. If you’re not a fan of the bus or the city
but or whatever, Greyhound, you can always take the train. (Lyrics to My Name Is) “Hi, my name is (what?),
My name is (who), My name is” Metrolink. Metrolink is mostly for southern California;
they go up to, I think they go into Ventura County, and San Bernardino County, down to Riverside County, LA County, Orange County, they go to Oceanside. I really actually like Metrolink because, I think you could probably fit four, at least four wheelchairs;
they have a portable ramp that they use. Me: “Thank you.” Usually at the very very end, so if the ramp
and the railing, and that’s usually where, um, the wheelchair accessible wheelchair portion is. And also, if you do ride in LA County, say,
and you use Metrolink, say you’re from LA Union Station all the way to Pomona, you ride
for free as long as you have your dandy little Access card. And, you can charge your chair on Metrolink. Now not to confuse this with METRO. (Lyrics to My Name Is) “Hi, my name is (huh?),
My name is (what), My name is” METRO. METRO is mostly a subway system, and I’m
not a fan of the METRO because it’s very confusing. With the METRO, if you also have a dandy mandy,
you can ride METRO for free. I once took it from Universal Studios Red
line to Union Station. Me: “I am at Universal Studios, um, I’m going across this little bridge to the Metro.” (upbeat background music) There are stairs
and escalators, and the elevator I had to go through this door, through the roof, over
this hall, through this tiny hall, down the elevator, up the elevator. It was crazy messy. I’m not a fan of the subway or the METRO
cause also there is like this gap. So, each subway train thing, there’s probably
a good inch that you have to kind of zoom over and sometimes the platform is a little
bit lower that the actual subway train, sometimes it’s higher. So when people are getting off, it lowers
and when people come off…so you have this like, inch or even two between the platform
and the bus. But usually I just go in kinda fast in a diagonal so my wheels don’t get stuck. This is operated by Los Angeles county. The subway that is kinda the Red line, the
Blue line, you got the Purple line, and the bus is above ground and the subway, METRO is under the ground. Their time? They’re pretty fast, they usually come,
in like fifteen minutes, every eight minutes, every half an hour. Subway is a lot faster than it is to take the bus. Some cars will have wheelchair signs, but
you literally have to like, race to like, the one that has like the blue logo of the
wheelchair to like, make it on and sometimes, I’m like I just go on and it doesn’t have a
wheelchair, so. (Lyrics to My Name Is) “Hi, my name is (what?),
My name is (who), My name is” Amtrak. Now Amtrak is operated nationwide, and they’re mostly…you can go from LA to Chicago on the Amtrak to Dallas to Portland. Metrolink is just a branch of Amtrak that
only operates in southern California. METRO has nothing to do with Amtrak or trains. So it’s you’re on Metrolink or on Amtrak,
you can for sure charge your wheelchair on them. (upbeat background music). Now, one thing about Amtrak, also, is that
you can sometimes take the bus through, so if you’re like going from Riverside to LA,
you’ll have to take the Thruway Bus. So the Thruway Bus can take you from Riverside
to Fullerton, and then you have to take the Amtrak from like Fullerton to LA. You can’t just take Thruway Bus, like you
have to take both of them or just the tram Amtrak by itself. Speaking of Amtrak, the FlyAway Bus actually that goes to LAX has the same bus structure
where they have their ramp at the very end of the bus. And the ramp is very, very tiny. I barely fit on, I thought I was going to
fall off the ramp. Um, but the FlyAway is fine. I didn’t have any problem with the bus there. So there is a lot of planning involved. And if you’re taking um, like Amtrak, or
the FlyAway, or the Greyhound, make sure you purchase your ticket in advance for a wheelchair
accessible ticket and seat as well. Um, what else? Universal Studios. So if you’re taking the Universal Studios Tram, from Universal CityWalk all the way down to on the big hill, it’s really crazy casue
one, you have no idea where this bus is, and two, they only have one tram with a wheelchair
accessible seating. Announcer: “As a reminder to everyone aboard, please keep your arms and legs within…” Makre sure you hold on because it is very
not safe. So that’s it, I hope you enjoyed this video,
and helped you figure out your options. And you can always use different transportations. Like sometimes I’ll take Access to the Union Station and then Union Station, I’ll take the Metrolink to Riverside and then from Riverside, I’ll take the city bus to wherever. Um, all links are below. Bye! (Lyrics to Not Afraid) “I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid)
To take a stand (to take a stand); Everybody (everybody); Come take my hand (come take my hand) We’ll walk this road together, through the storm Whatever weather, cold or warm Just letting you know that you’re not alone.”

2 thoughts on “Riding Public Transportation in California | 2017 | #wheelchairtravel

  1. This is a very helpful video you made here luda, It is good to here from you on here. Have you tried the Bambino adult diapers yet I was telling you about luda?

  2. How difficult is it to find places to change your diaper when you are out travelling? It's hard enough for me at times and I'm not using a wheelchair. Do you need to find toilets with diaper benches so you can sit or lie down? I have to usually make do with just leaning against the door in a regular bathroom which isn't ideal. : ) xxx

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