Greater Bridgeport Transit to make changes that will allow 650-pound disabled man to ride city bus, vans

Anytime Casanova has tried to take a city bus or a handicapped van, he says he was turned away because of his weight. (1/29/14)

BRIDGEPORT - Officials with the Greater Bridgeport Transit tell News 12 Connecticut they plan to make changes necessary to ensure that a disabled Bridgeport man can ride on a city bus or van.

Orland Casanova, 53, says that due to a medical condition, he now weighs more than 650 pounds. He says his electric wheelchair is his only means of transportation.

Anytime Casanova has tried to take a city bus or a handicapped van, he says he was turned away because of his weight and the size of his wheelchair.

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Authorities said Wednesday that the Greater Bridgeport Transit was not aware of his complaint, but would work with Casanova to make necessary changes. 

Stamford disability attorney, Ryan O'Neill, says under the Americans with Disabilities Act, agencies providing public transportation must make services available to all people with disabilities.

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