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MetroAccess Debuts 16 New Accessible Vehicles


One of the new MetroAccess vehicles being piloted by WMATA. The agency hopes that the cars will improve service for disable Metro riders. 
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One of the new MetroAccess vehicles being piloted by WMATA. The agency hopes that the cars will improve service for disable Metro riders. 

Metro is working to improve access for disabled citizens, unveiling the first vehicle designed specifically for disabled customers. The 16 mobility vehicles are part of a pilot program, and cost about $50,000 each, according to the MetroAccess service.

Features of the vehicles, which look like small SUVs but are lower to the ground, include a wider doorway and a shallow-angle ramp, which allows customers to board more quickly without a lift. The vehicles fit four riders comfortably and have more head room, but are smaller in size to allow more maneuverability through congested traffic.

"We are always looking for ways to improve MetroAccess service for the customers who depend on us," Assistant General Manager of Access Services Christian T. Kent, said in a statement. "We are excited to pilot the MV1 because we believe it will give us a more versatile option for providing trips, while maintaining a fully accessible paratransit fleet."

The vehicles are set to hit the roads next month.

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