After years of strongly advocating for more accessibility at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), LINK Houston’s Board Member Janis Scott finally saw the hard work pay off. She recently attended an in-person meeting at H-GAC and saw a ramp at the front entrance of the Greenway Plaza building.

Ms. Scott, also known as “The Bus Lady,” has used a cane for several years to navigate Houston streets and uneven sidewalks. She underwent knee surgery in 2021 and now uses a walker. Ms. Scot recalled how her walk from bus stop 539 on the corner of Richmond at Timmons to H-GAC offices had been so challenging and inaccessible at the front entrance to the H-GAC building. Over the years, H-GAC management told Ms. Scott that they leased several floors and needed to work with the building owners to add the ramp and ensure accessibility. The ramp was finally put into place during the Covid-19 lockdown. “This more equitable mobility scenario brought tears to my eyes,” Ms. Scott told us in a note. She and many others who use canes, walkers, wheelchairs, or have other disabilities now have a safer and more accessible access to one of our regional bodies of government.

“Yes, that ramp sure brightened my day! Even better mobility for all now to HGAC – 3555 Timmons Lane. Hurray!”

April 19, 2022
LINK Houston