There is a significant difference between meeting the letter of the law and meeting the needs of the handicapped person. Bush Field certainly meets the letter of the law in providing handicapped parking in its new short-term parking lot. However, this parking lot is so far removed from the main terminal and the gates that handicapped persons cannot reach their destination of the ticket counter or gate without an unacceptable time delay.
Further difficulties are encountered in navigating through all the curbs and other obstructions merely to get to the terminal building. There is one handicapped parking space near the terminal entrance, which is metered at a rate considerably more costly, and more short-term, than the parking lot charges. This arrangement is unconscionable for a publicgovernment facility, and should be corrected immediately.
I am not trained in traffic engineering, but believe one could find sufficient spaces nearer to the entrance of the main terminal, which could easily be converted to handicapped spaces with metered costs made comparable to the short-term lot expenses.
A. J. Lloyd, Ph.D., Augusta
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