New Technologies in Transportation Causes Concern in Disabled Community

As Uber, Lyft, Sidecar Grow, So Do Concerns of Disabled

Back of a Taxi Van with ADA accessibility sticker as well as "This vehicle authorized to enter bike lanes when necessary" sticker

New means of transportation, such as Uber (a new company that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services), Lyft, and Sidecar, are becoming more popular in large cities.  These new services make accessing transpiration easier for the majority of the population, and is a promising start for those with disabilities if it is executed properly.

The current dilemma is whether or not these new vehicles will be accessible to those with disabilities, especially individuals needing wheelchairs.  Having a wheelchair accessible vehicle generally costs more for the driver in fuel and maintenance, thus turning drivers away from ADA accessible vans.  These new companies were presented with questions on how they were going to make their vehicles and their company more accessible in general.

Some of these new companies talked about partnering with exiting companies that have the required vehicles, while others described giving drivers financial incentives to purchase and drive wheelchair accessible vehicles.  I believe these companies are on the right track, but I think it will be a long time before they become completely successful in helping transport those with disabilities.

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