Uber Charts a Different Accessible Course in San Francisco

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Last December ride-share giant Uber rolled out an accessible ride program in Washington DC. On the surface it seemed like a good idea, as they partnered with wheelchair-accessible cabs in the District to provide services to wheelchair-users. As I pointed out in a previous blog though, this might not be the most sustainable approach. Continue reading

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Is Uber Wheelchair Ride Program Sustainable?

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taxi-200x300Late last week Uber rolled out their much anticipated accessible ride program in Washington DC. As their press release touts, this new option enables riders to request a wheelchair-accessible vehicle on-demand. And you can use the Uber app to order one in a matter of seconds. What could be better — an affordable wheelchair-accessible ride dispatched to you with a few swipes and a tap? Continue reading

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Improved Access Coming to Glacier National Park

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I had a great time when we visited Glacier National Park last year; however I was a bit disappointed that the iconic Red Bus Tours were not accessible. Well, all that’s about to change, as the new park concessionaire — Xanterra Parks and Resorts — recently announced that they plan to upgrade the fleet and add two accessible buses.

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Megabus Expands to Mississippi

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Those of you that know me, know that I’m a huge Megabus fan. I mean, seriously, who can’t get excited about comfortable, affordable and accessible bus transportation across the US? And with fares as low as $1, it really opens up America to a lot more people. Continue reading

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Bloomberg Swings and Misses with New Accessible Taxi Dispatch

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At first glance the new accessible taxi dispatch system for New York City seems like a good thing. After all, less than 2% of New York City cabs are wheelchair-accessible, so actually finding one when you need one can be somewhat of a Herculean task. So what could be better than calling 311 to order your own accessible taxi? Continue reading

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2012 May See Upgraded Access in NYC Taxis

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The long battle over the lack of accessible taxis in New York City appears to have come to an end in the last days of 2011, with U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels ruling that the current fleet of largely inaccessible NYC taxis, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. This long anticipated decision is the result of a US Attorneys Office investigation and lawsuit against New York City, which was launched by Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

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Bloomberg on Accessible NYC Taxis

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Mayor Bloomberg isn’t exactly a happy camper these days, especially when the subject turns to wheelchair-accessible taxis in New York City. You see, the US attorney’s office recently filed suit against New York City, for non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Well, according to United Spinal Organization, less than 2% of the city’s 13,000 taxis are wheelchair-accessible. And frankly I agree with the US attorney’s office — in this day and age that’s totally unacceptable. Continue reading

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Ho Chi Minh City to Build Accessible Public Transport

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Access is looking up these days in Vietnam, as the powers that be in Ho Chi Minh City have announced that the new metro and monorail systems will be wheelchair-accessible. The last time I visited the city, access was extremely lacking, so I’m happy to hear of any move in a positive direction. Continue reading

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