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January 17, 2011

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Nielsen Dies; VP of Honoluluís TheHandi-Van

Patricia M. Nielsen, 62, vice president of paratransit services for Oahu Transit Services Inc. in Honolulu, HI, operator of TheHandi-Van, died Dec. 25, 2010.

Nielsen joined the agency in 1997 after 20 years with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon in Portland, 11 years of which she spent in the area of meeting the public transportation needs of persons with disabilities. She herself had a condition for 46 years that necessitated using a wheelchair.

She received an award in 1992 from National Easter Seals Project ACTION for “fostering cooperation between transit officials and the disabled community,” and the National Transit Institute’s 1996 Distinguished Service Award for “her ability to develop partnerships between transit providers and the disabled community, her innovative training curriculum, and her willingness to share her materials and expertise with others in the transit industry.”

Nielsen was a member of the Honolulu Mayor’s Committee on Accessible Transportation and earlier chaired the city’s Disability & Communication Access Board.

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