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A local activist who usually speaks out on crime is taking on Cleveland’s Rapid Transit Authority (RTA).

James Avery tells 19 Action News he’s furious because his 15-year-old grandson in a wheelchair couldn’t get on a city bus. Avery says the driver told him the bus didn’t have a working wheelchair ramp, and the teen would have to wheel through traffic to another stop down the block.

“I was really disappointed cause we were on a schedule… and I don’t think that man was thinking about how I was feeling” says Milton, Avery’s grandson.  “We deserve to have public transportation.”

RTA says that is not the policy. If a ramp’s not working, it can be lowered manually. The driver can also call an RTA mechanic or call a supervisor to pick up the handicapped passenger. RTA addressed the driver involved in the incident, but he claimed he couldn’t remember the incident.

Avery’s story unfolds at a time when RTA says it is seeing a growing number of passengers in wheelchairs.

Courtesy Of WOIO.COM

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