TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Shirley K. Turner (D – Mercer) that would prohibit New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) from denying entry or use of any vehicle to a person who uses a guide or service dog cleared the Senate Transportation Committee today.
“We should be doing everything we can to prevent discrimination against those with special needs,” said Senator Turner. “Allowing those who use guide or service dogs the same access to transportation as everyone else is really a matter of common sense. They are entitled to the same rights as any other individual who enjoys public transportation.”
The bill, S-1269, would amend the “New Jersey Public Transportation Act of 1979” to prohibit this kind of discrimination. Moreover, it would allow anyone using a guide or service dog to keep the dog with them while riding on any NJ Transit vehicle. The dog would have to appropriately controlled while in transit.
In addition, the legislation would require NJ Transit to designate an Access Link Customer Service Group to receive and act on any complaints regarding Access Link service to people with disabilities. The bill would establish procedures by which complaints would be processed and resolved.
The legislation now heads to the Senate floor.