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Terms and Definitions

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ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) - Passed in 1990 to ensure the protection of the civil rights of persons with disabilities.

Direct threat - A direct threat is a significant threat to the safety of others that is based not on speculation, but on other ascertainable evidence, and the risk cannot be mitigated through changes in policies and practices.

Disability - As defined by the ADA, a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits one or more major life activities such as walking, speaking, hearing, breathing or caring for one’s self.

Fixed route - Transit services that run on regular, pre-scheduled routes, usually with bus schedules and designated bus stops.

Lifts and ramps - Devices on buses that enable a person with a disability to board and deboard the bus.

Personal care attendant - An individual who assists a person with a disability in carrying out his or her life activities.

Proof of eligibility - For reduced fares, either a Medicare card or a Valley Metro Reduced Fare Identification Card.

Public address (PA) system - A sound amplification system on a bus.

Securement system - A configuration of straps and hooks on a bus that are attached to a mobility aid to keep it stable during travel.

Service animal - An animal that has been trained to assist a person with a disability.