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New program helps service pets board LTD buses

The "Paws" pilot program will help service animals board buses easier.

Posted: Jan 5, 2018 7:02 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2018 1:46 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – It will soon be easier for people to board buses in Eugene and Springfield with services pets.

Lane Transit District is unveiling its new “Paws” pilot program on Monday.

Service pets will be able to board buses faster thanks to a special stamp on their owner’s rider’s card.

Right now, bus drivers have to ask anyone with an animal trying to board if they’re a service animal and what they’re trained to do.

“LTD is the first transit agency in the nation to address this problem and to provide a solution for people with service animals,” Therese Lang, a spokesperson for LTD. “We're really excited to be the first and we're hoping this can be a model for the rest of the country.”

Anyone with a service animal can pick up a sticker at the downtown Eugene station.

The program was made possible by an $83,000 grant from ODOT.

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