Chris Buhl's Transit Story
Metro Mobility provides independence and self-sufficiency
Transportation service for people with disabilities means independence and self sufficiency
Everyday tasks, like taking a drink of water, don’t come so easily for Chris Buhl, a Metro Mobility customer who lives in Brooklyn Park. Chris has muscular dystrophy, a disease that affects muscles and causes them to lose strength.
But Chris isn’t looking for sympathy. What he wants is a ride; when he needs it and where he needs it. Whether it’s to a doctor appointment, the grocery story, or a Twins game with his aunt Marilyn Parker who lives in Saint Paul.
For Chris, Metro Mobility means independence. For aunt Marilyn, it’s also about the health and well-being of her beloved nephew. Both are concerned about adequate funding for the service, which is facing growing demand and the threat of service reductions.
“If you cut Metro Mobility, there will be more mental health problems due to isolation. People won’t be able to get to their doctor appointments, so there’s going to be more physical problems,” said Parker. “In the long run it’s going to cost Minnesota a whole lot more than if you continue serving this community and increase funding.”
Parker says Chris relies heavily on others for so many things. Metro Mobility gives him the opportunity to rely on himself.
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