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CATS Teaches Guide Dogs How to Ride The Bus

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jean Leier (704) 432-0496
CATS TEACHES GUIDE DOGS HOW TO RIDE THE BUS

Charlotte, N.C., September 16, 2011 - Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Special Transportation Services (STS) is teaming up with Southeastern Guide Dogs on Saturday, September 17, at10:00 a.m. to help familiarize future guide dogs with CATS STS buses. The training will take place at STS, which is located at 545 Spratt Street in North Charlotte.

As part of the training, the dogs must guide their handlers on and off the bus by positioning themselves by the bus steps and by learning how to ride on the lifts used for boarding and unloading passengers. CATS will take the dogs and handlers on a trip around the city so the dogs can get comfortable with riding inside the bus. "CATS is proud to be a partner with Southeastern Guide Dogs," said Vincent Brown, STS Assistant General Manager. "By working together we can prepare these future guide dogs to assist transit customers so they can travel safely to work and events throughout the community."

Southeastern Guide Dogs raises and trains guide dogs, and trains students to work with guide dogs that have been carefully selected to match their individual needs. If you are interested in becoming a puppy trainer for Southeastern Guide Dogs, please call 1-800-944-5665 or log onto their website at www.guidedogs.org.

STS provides door-to-door transportation for individuals who are certified according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ride within Charlotte's City limits. In FY2011, STS operated 85 vehicles and provided 229,146 rides. For more information about CATS and its services, call 704-336-7433 or visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org.

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