The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is looking for transit riders with disabilities and senior citizens to participate on a volunteer Accessibility Advisory Committee to advise the transit agency on ways its services can be improved.

The 20-member committee, made up of six persons each from the District of Columbia., Maryland and Virginia, in addition to two at-large members, supports residents of D.C., Prince George’s, Montgomery, Fairfax and Arlington counties and the city of Alexandria, Va.

Recommendations cover Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess services. Previous efforts have resulted in many upgrades, including devices to reduce the horizontal gap between rail cars and the platform, which make it easier for riders who use wheelchairs to board Metrorail. Committee members may not be Metro employees, contractors or elected officials. The positions are unpaid.
The final decision on appointments to the Committee will be made by Metro’s board of directors.

Committee members may be senior citizens or those who can offer personal perspectives on a wide representation of disabilities, such as blindness or low-vision, mobility disabilities, deafness or hard of hearing, audio-sensory disabilities, speech disabilities, neurological disabilities, cognitive or other disabilities. The committee also includes people with varying riding patterns, including those who are transit-dependent, as well as those who travel either short or long distances.

Applications are available at http://wmata.com/accessibility/edApplication/index.cfm or by calling 202-962-1100. Completed applications should be submitted online, mailed to the WMATA Accessibility Advisory Committee at 600 Fifth Street, NW, Room 7A-01, Washington, DC 20001 or faxed to 202-962-2722. The deadline is 5 p.m. on April 29.