I have an ongoing problem with discounts given to people with disabilities. There seem to be two arguments for this; one is something like, “People with disabilities have lower employment and less earning power than people without disabilities, therefore price discounts are good social policy”. The other one is something like, “People with disabilities have it tough, let’s give them a feel-good break”.
Interestingly, I’ve never heard an argument like “The bus doesn’t have a lift, so we’re going to give you a break on the fare to make up for the inconvenience”.
The Fort Wayne transit system is now requiring proof of Medicare or Social Security eligibility to qualify for reduced disability fares. This makes perfect sense to me: if, due to your disability or other factors you are economically disadvantaged, you get a fare reduction. I, on the other hand (despite my disability), earn a good salary, and don’t see why I should get a reduced fare.
The same argument can be made for senior citizen discounts – I’m stunned at how dedicated some well-off seniors are to getting a dollar off at the movies.