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Lowering barriers: MRT Jakarta designates parking area for disabled users

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /  05:56 pm
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A person in a wheelchair parks in the specialized parking area for people with disabilities provided by PT MRT Jakarta at the Lebak Bulus MRT Station in South Jakarta on Feb. 20.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

The conveniences that most people take for granted are often unavailable to people with disabilities. Access to a parking lot, for example, can mean a lot, especially in a city where public facilities have not traditionally accommodated the needs of disabled residents. Retnowati Sibarani, 53, said it was hard for people in wheelchairs like her to travel the city. She said parking lots and public streets were often inaccessible.  “The regular parking lots and some sidewalks are usually too steep, making it hard for the disabled to pass through,” she said.  Retnowati expressed gratitude that city-owned MRT operator PT MRT Jakarta had officially designated a parking area for the specialized motorcycles used by disabled people at the Lebak Bulus MRT Station in South Jakarta on Thursday. She hoped it would inspire other stakeholders to provide more accessible fa...