: News

Filed Under:

Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis Come to D.C.

Play associated audio
Twenty wheelchair-accessible taxicabs, like this one, will be in service in the District full-time by January.
Jamila Bey
Twenty wheelchair-accessible taxicabs, like this one, will be in service in the District full-time by January.

By Jamila Bey

Twenty wheelchair-accessible taxicabs will be in service full-time in the District by January.

None of D.C.'s 6,500 taxis can serve passengers who use wheelchairs, and require a ramp or a lift to enter a vehicle. D.C. will get its first four wheelchair-accessible taxicabs next month, but not full-time.

Wendy Klancher is a planner with the Transportation Board. She says the process was hard. "We didn't get the funding secured until 2008," says Klancher. "It's about $1.2 million in funding to get this pilot up and running. We also got delayed because of the bankruptcy of Chrysler and that put us back in securing the minivans. We're excited it's here now, though."

Bobby Coward lives in the district and says he's excited that his trips to the airport won't be as precarious. "If you had a flight and you discover that the elevators aren't working in the Metro system that means you can't get in," says Coward. "Or if you get to the National Airport Metro station and find out that an elevator's not operating, then you can't get out."

Most of the areas surrounding D.C. do have wheelchair-accessible taxi service, and have been able to accommodate some requests for trips in D.C.

The new cab service will be provided by Yellow Paratransit and Liberty- Royal Cab.

NPR

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

The trio left the BBC under a cloud, after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.
NPR

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
NPR

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.
NPR

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.