If you have ever traveled to New York City, you most likely experienced riding in one of the city’s 13,000 taxies. That’s a lot of taxies unless you have a physical disability such that you require an accessible cab and then there are only approximately 230 available representing only 2% of available cabs. So what is the right percentage? In my mind, it would be 100% but city officials have argued that taxicabs are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act and that a dispatch service, planned to begin in March, 2012, will provide individuals who use wheelchairs, with equivalent service by allowing them to call and arrange for an accessible taxi to come pick them up. Of course, being a new program, time may be required to work out kinks. In the meantime, there is a measure being considered by Governor Cuomo that would allow livery cabs to pick up street hails outside of Manhattan, adding 1,500 accessible yellow cabs. Would love to hear everyone’s thoughts.
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