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D.C. Will Have Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs In January

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By Jamila Bey

In January, 20 wheelchair-accessible taxis will start serving passengers who require ramps or lifts in the District.

Bobby Coward has worked since 2000 to bring accessible taxicabs to the city. He says it's high time that he should have the same transportation options as everyone else.

"This is a new service for persons with disabilities that will go to provide and promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in the District of Columbia to show that we are first class citizens as well," says Coward.

Federal funds and a regional transportation board provided $1.2 million to buy the cabs from Kurt Mason's dealership. Mason says the program is more comprehensive than just putting special cars on the road. "We're also doing training, from sensitivity training all the way through [securing] and operation of the vehicle so that everybody is actually certified," says Coward.

Training for the drivers will begin December 1st.

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