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Industry Player’s

None of the following industry players such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have yet expanded to the Reno/Tahoe area , but have become very popular in the Bay Area such as San Francisco and Los Angeles .  As Uber, Lyft and Sidecar do expand individuals may be concerned with the availability of ramp taxies declining. According to the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority this is already occurring. 1/3 of wheelchair accessible cab’s are sitting in idle due to the lack of drivers. In one article Lyft states,”they are working to engage and educate the handicapped community.” California requires that the TNC’s (translational corporations) submit reports on how they will accommodate disabled users. Larry Paradis executive directory of Disability Rights Advocates in Berkley said ,”the plan’s are all quite tentative and don’t address the fundamental challenge. Which is ensuring enough accessible vehicles to make this transportation system at least minimally accessible for people with disabilities.” Five access plans were designed by InstaCab,Lyft, Sidecar, Wingz & Uber stating that they would ensure drivers don’t discriminate against disabled customers and already have or will make their apps and websites accessible to blind users. The TNC has some issues with allowing drivers to determine weather or not an individual is allowed to bring a service animal into the vehicle and that is creating some issues. The companies also say that they will be updating their apps in order for riders to request a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Lyft

  • Wheelchair Access: ” Drivers will be able to indicate what ,if any, accessibility needs they can accommodate … We are working to engage and educate the handicapped community in each of our markets.”
  • App/Website Accessibility: ” The app and website already comply in part with the accessibility standards.” Will comply by June 30, 2014
  • Service Animals: Will add and app feature to let users set preferences for “service animal accessible vehicles.”

SideCar

  • Wheelchair Access: meeting with disabled -rights groups to discuss incentives to attract drivers with accessible vehicles.
  • App/Website Accessibility: “App and mobile websites are accessible to blind users.”
  • Service Animals: ” Currently , most sidecar drivers accept service pets.”

Uber

  • Wheelchair Access: ” Will reach out to transportation companies with accessible vehicles about the possibility of partnering.”
  • App/ Website: IOS app has voice over support
  • Service Animals: “No need for a user to indicate ahead of time that he or she is accompanied by a service animal.”

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.