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ArtPrize & Hope Network's Handicap Accessible Shuttles

7:15 AM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Ever since ArtPrize started, it made sure to make venues physically accessible for all visitors.

Of the 162 venues, 117 are self-identified as being "handicap accessible." ArtPrize spent time reaching out to different advocate groups in the community, just to make sure it's meeting the needs of those with disabilities and even elderly visitors.

Rachel Watkins, Marketing Assistant, says this is the second year ArtPrize is teaming up with Hope Network to provide an ADA accessible shuttle on both of the downtown routes.

There will be two busses on each of the routes, which essentially is the same route  as Artbus and the Experience GR shuttles.

"We were really trying to break the accessibility barriers so that the art in our community everybody can see," says Watkins. "If you need a shuttle to pick you up, there's a dispatch number on our website so you can call that and the driver will come and pick you up at any shuttle stop or exhibition center."

The Hope Network Dispatch Center number is 616.243.0876. The shuttle will be making stops throughout the day at the Exhibition Centers and The Hub.

Daniel Gowdy from Hope Network stopped by WZZM 13 News to showcase its shuttles.  Watch the videos for details.

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