December 14, 2010

Taxi of Tomorrow: Ford Transit Connect

FORD TRANSIT CONNECT - The Ford Transit Connect is a compact panel van developed and manufactured in Europe by Ford. It was first introduced into the North American market in 2009. It has become increasingly common to see them in use by couriers and tradesmen, but it also has great potential as a wheelchair accessible vehicle; both for personal use and professionally. For example, the Transit Connect is one of the finalists in New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow initiative to replace the current mix of sedans and vans with a single wheelchair accessible vehicle for NYC's "Yellow Cab" by 2014. As well, the Transit Connect is being used in the Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Industry. Metro Transporters, a NEMT company operating in Dallas, Texas uses the Ford Transit Connect as part of their fleet. Related Posts: NYC Taxi of Tomorrow and Karsan V1. Update: Nissan NV200 Wins NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow" Competition

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good find. These might just be the future of private-pay NEMT companies.

Webmaster said...

Thanks for mentioning that. As I monitor new feeds for NEMT, I am seeing more situations like the one in Chicago (http://paratransitwatch.blogspot.com/2011/05/supreme.html) where NEMT providers are not being reimbursed enough by the state to cover fuel expenses. Fuel efficient vehicles like the Transit Connect may well be the thing of the future.

I also have a series on Green Taxi fleets: http://paratransitwatch.blogspot.com/2011/04/03.html