SAN ANTONIO -- A handicapped student was denied from using the city's handicapped bus system. Moses Rivas, 30, suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. The debilitating condition came on suddenly, just a couple of years after he graduated from high school.
Despite his disability, last year Rivas built up the courage to go back to school.
"I want to do something for myself and be independent," said Rivas. "Even though I have a disability, I can still do stuff."
But just getting to his college is now his biggest challenge. He moves slow, and it's not easy to get around the house. It's even harder to get to the city bus stop. He would have to walk four blocks and then cross five busy lanes of traffic, trying to cross in time before facing oncoming traffic.
"I'm not able to react very fast," said Rivas. "And if a car is coming, I can't get out of the way."
Last year, Via Trans denied him service. Officials say their assessment found Rivas capable of using the regular bus system.
"I filled out the application, and they even saw me," said Rivas. "And they said no." His appeal was also denied.
"I want him to keep going to school," said Rivas's 73-year-old mother Josephine, starting to cry. "He's still young, he's just starting life."
Via Trans told News 4 WOAI that they recommend that Rivas reapply. Rivas' family says he will do so. News 4 WOAI will follow this situation and announce updates.