May 27, 2010

NEWS: Problems With New NYC Accessible Taxis

NEW YORK CITY - October 11, 2007 - MyFox-News reports on the fleet of new wheelchair accessible side-entry Uplander Taxis. The Chevrolet Uplander was recommended and approved by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission against the advice of groups such as the United Spinal Association and the Disabled Riders Association. In the video, Michael Harris of the Disabled Riders Coalition demonstrates how impractical these new cabs are for those in electric wheelchairs. The news story also demonstrates the use of a rear-entry Toyota Sienna, that proves to be more accessible and comfortable. Concerned about disability transportation issues in New York? Connect with others at the NYS Paratransit Network.

Find more blog posts and directory pages that deal primarily with wheelchair accessible, assisted ambulatory, and shared-ride taxi services on the Taxi Index.

2010 Public Transportation Fact Book

2010 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FACT BOOK - The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has recently published the 61st. edition of their annual "Fact Book". It summarizes current information for various modes of public transport, including paratransit. I took this opportunity to update and expand my U.S. Paratransit Services links page to include 100 of the largest agencies (ridership & passenger miles), plus at least one representative agency from each state. As well, on the NYS Paratransit Network website I have posted a complete list of Paratransit Services available for both New York State and the Tri-State Region. The Tri-State Region, is comprised of the five boroughs of New York City + those areas of New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut that are within commuting distance of NYC. According to Appendix B (p.176) of the 2010 Fact Book: in 2008, paratransit agencies in the the Tri-State Region (primarily: MTA Access-A-Ride, NJ Transit Community Paratransit, CT Transit Paratransit Services) provided over 8,513,000 trips for customers covering a distance of 82,280,000 miles. That's just a small example of the wealth of information available in the 2010 Public Transportation Fact Book and it's supplemental materials: Appendix A: Historical Tables and Appendix B: Transit Agency & Urbanized Area Operating Statistics.

VIDEO - The following vintage (pre-ADA) video was produced by the APTA.
"Transit: Meeting the Mobility Needs of the Disabled"

NEWS: CCT Connect Service Delays After Heavy Snow

February 17, 2010

SEPTA's CCT Connect Paratransit experiences service delays due to stormy winter weather.

NEWS: Albuquerque SunVan Paratransit Receives Complaints

Riders complain of problems with transit service
KOB Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 25, 2010. 07:08 PM EST

Some disabled people in Albuquerque, New Mexico who use Albuquerque Transit's SunVan Paratransit Service are frustrated -- complaining they face long waits, big hassles and rude operators. we took their concerns to the city -- to get the city's side of the story.

NEWS: UTA Backs Away From Paratransit Punch Card Proposal

UTA Backs Away From Paratransit Punch Card Proposal
KSTU FOX13 Salt Lake City
Feb. 02, 2010. 08:46 PM EST

Short notice given to Salt Lake City paratransit users regarding UTA replacing bus passes with punch cards.

VIDEO #1 - Mid-Day News

VIDEO #2 - Evening News

May 15, 2010

NEWS: Ohio Ambulette Companies Being Investigated

Audit: Medicaid Provider Owes State 680,000 Dollars
Feb. 19, 2009
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ohio non-emergency medical transportation companies being investigated for erroneous and possibly fraudulent claims for service to Ohio Medicaid. Also on Paratransit Watch: Investigation into Ohio Medicaid NEMT Fraud Widens

NEWS: Richmond GRTC CARE Paratransit On Strike

January 10, 2010

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union employed by GRTC (Greater Richmond Transit Company) go on strike. Includes interview with a GRTC CARE Paratransit Driver.

NEWS: Oregon Taxi Company's Accessible Van Service Shut Down

December 17, 2009

The City of Eugene has shut down Budget Taxi's wheelchair accessible van service because the company was charging a $20.00 base rate, instead of the $3 for regular taxicabs; which the city claims is a violation of the American's with Disabilities Act.

- City Cracks Down on Company's Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Van Fee

Find more blog posts and directory pages that deal primarily with wheelchair accessible, assisted ambulatory, and shared-ride taxi services on the Taxi Index.

NEWS: Springfield Paratransit Consults With Riders

PVTA Paratransit Consults With Riders
Oct. 20, 2009
Springfield, Missouri

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks user feedback. The agency held a meeting at the West Springfield Senior Center for persons with disabilities who use their paratransit service.

NEWS: UTA Paratransit Proposes Fare Increase

UTA Backs Off Para-Transit Fare Hike Amid Complaints
KSTU Fox 13
June 18 & 19, 2009

Riders express concern over proposed fare increase in at Utah Transit Authority's Paratransit Services. The following day, UTA backs away from proposal.

VIDEO #1- June 18, 2009 Broadcast

VIDEO #2 - June 19, 2009 Broadcast

NEWS: New Haven Seniors May Lose Dial-A-Ride

Seniors May Lose Ride Service
WFSB News3
Aug 01, 2008

The Hockanum Valley Community Council (HVCC) Dial-a-Ride service offered to seniors in five Connecticut towns is on the verge of cutting services.

May 8, 2010

NEWS: 2007 Access-A-Ride Strike

TELEVISION NEWS: Access-A-Ride Drivers On Strike
WNYW FOX 5 - Dec. 09, 2007 - New York City
New York's MTA Access-A-Ride drivers on strike.

Concerned about disability transportation issues in New York? Connect with others at the NYS Paratransit Network.