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MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It will soon be a lot easier for people who are blind or low vision to get around Milwaukee County, and it's all done through a smartphone application. 

"Aira" app users will get free one-on-one guidance for riding Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses to any of the county's 5,000 stops. 

"You can land at Mitchell Airport, hed straight to the Zoo, hit up a few of our parks and then come visit me at the Courthouse. All using the Aira App to get around. That is something that wouldn't have been thinkable years ago," said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. 

Aira is not new to the county. It's available at 45 other locations including the airport. 

MCTS and its partners are hosting three upcoming training sessions for any user who would like to receive in-person assistance setting up the app and learning how to use it:

Friday, February 7, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

MCTS Administration Building

1942 N. 17th Street, Milwaukee

Wednesday, February 12, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Vision Forward

912 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee

Wednesday, February 12, 2019

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Vision Forward

912 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee

Those who cannot attend the training sessions can call the MCTS Mobility Management team at 414-937-3256 for more information or visit RideMCTS.com/Aira for instructions, testimonials, and frequently asked questions. Vision Forward (414-615-0124) and Beyond Vision (414-758-2736) also have staff members available to help users learn how to use the app.

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