November 28, 2010

Non-Profit Spotlight: Easy Lift Transportation

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - Easy Lift Transportation is a charitable non-profit provider of curb-to-curb wheelchair and assisted ambulatory transport. They have been serving the needs of people with disabilities in South Santa Barbara County, California since 1979. It began as a special project of the local chapter of the Easter Seals Society with a converted motor home, driver, and on board hostess. Today, Easy Lift has 15 vehicles and operates 363 days per year. Besides the Dial-A-Ride service, they also provide mobility training, a loaner vehicle program, and community driver training. To learn about other non-profit agencies and programs see: Non-Profit Transportation Services.

November 26, 2010

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Services

Links to cab companies that provide wheelchair accessible taxi service. For more information see: Accessible Taxi Resources.

- ALABAMA -

- ALASKA -

- ARIZONA -
Route 66 Cab - Kingman
Prescott Dial-A-Ride Taxi Service - Prescott, Quad-City Area
Yellow Cab - Tucson

- ARKANSAS -
Yellow Cab - Little Rock, See Provider Profile

- CALIFORNIA -
24/7 Yellow Cab - Orange & North San Diego Counties
Always City Cab - Pleasanton
Dublin Taxi - Dublin
Friendly Cab - Oakland, East Bay Area
Irvine Yellow Cab - Orange County
Hey Taxi! - Lake & Mendocino Counties
LA Checker Cab - Los Angeles
Luxor Cabs - San Francisco
My OC Taxi - Orange County
Orange Cab - San Diego
Palm Springs Airport Taxi - Coachella Valley
United Independent Taxi - Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, South Bay
Yellow Cab Co. - Los Angeles

- COLORADO -
Metro Taxi - Denver
Yellow Cab - Denver, Boulder

- CONNECTICUT -
Yellow Cab - Hartford Metro Area

- DELAWARE -

- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -
Arlington Blue Top Cabs - Arlington & Washington
Red Top Cab - Arlington & Washington
Yellow Cab of DC - Washington

- FLORIDA -
ACE Transportation - Jacksonville
Diplomat Taxi - Sarasota/Bradenton Area
Yellow Cab of Pensacola - Escambia, Santa Rosa, & Okaloosa Counties

- GEORGIA -
Yellow Cab - Savannah

- HAWAII -
The Cab - Honolulu


- IDAHO -
Boise City Taxi - Boise

- ILLINOIS -
Blue Diamond - Chicago
Metro Cabs - Chicago
Quality Limo and Taxi - Champaign-Urbana, Read More...
Q Transport - Chicago, W/C Accessible Private Car Service, Read More...
Yellow Cab - Chicago

- INDIANA -
Deluxe Taxi - Fort Wayne
Indianapolis Yellow Cab - Indianapolis

- IOWA -

- KANSAS -

- KENTUCKY -

- LOUISIANA -

- MAINE -

- MARYLAND -
Action Taxi - Montgomery County

- MASSACHUSETTS -
Boston Chair Car (Accessible Limo Service) - Boston and New England
Metro-Cab - Boston
Worcester Red Cabs - Worcester

- MICHIGAN -
Select Ride - Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County

- MINNESOTA -
Taxi Services - Minneapolis/St. Paul

-MISSISSIPPI -

- MISSOURI -
Yellow Cab - Kansas City

- MONTANA -

- NEBRASKA -

- NEVADA -

- NEW HAMPSHIRE -

- NEW JERSEY -
JFK Wheelchair Accessible Taxi - Tri-State Area
US Transit - New Jersey, NYC
Yellow Cab - Trenton

- NEW MEXICO -

- NEW YORK -
Dawson Taxi - Long Island
Liberty Cab/Yellow Cab - Buffalo, Niagara Falls
US Transit - NYC, New Jersey
Yellow Cab - Official Taxi Broker for all NYC "Yellow Cabs"

- NORTH CAROLINA -
Tar Heel Taxi - Chapel Hill

- NORTH DAKOTA -

- OHIO -
Ace Taxi - Greater Cleveland & Cuyahoga County
Hillsboro Taxi - Hillsboro
Foxx Transportation - Medina County & Northeast Ohio
- OKLAHOMA -

- OREGON -
Green Cab - Portland
Pacificab - Hillsboro
Radio Cab - Portland
Yellow Cab - Portland

- PENNSYLVANIA -
Pittsburgh Transportation Group (Freedom Coach) - Pittsburgh
- RHODE ISLAND -

- SOUTH CAROLINA -
Carolinas Cab - Rock Hill, York County

- SOUTH DAKOTA -


- TENNESSEE -
American Music City Taxi - Nashville

- TEXAS -
AAA Taxi - San Antonio
Cove Taxi - Copperas Cove, Killeen, Fort Hood, Gatesville, Harker Heights
United Cab - Houston
Yellow Cab - Austin
Yellow Cab - Galveston
Yellow Cab - Houston
Yellow Cab - San Antonio

- UTAH -

- VERMONT -

- VIRGINIA -
Fairfax Yellow Cab - Fairfax County
Red Top Cab - Arlington
Springfield Yellow Cab - Fairfax County

- WASHINGTON STATE -
Stita Taxi - Seattle
Yellow Cab - Bellingham
Yellow Cab - Seattle
- WEST VIRGINIA -

- WISCONSIN -
Union Cab - Madison
Running Inc. - Viroqua

- WYOMING -

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- CANADA -
Associated Cab - Red Deer, Alberta
Brunswick Accessible Taxi - Fredericton, New Brunswick
Checker Yellow Cabs - Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton Yellow Cab - Edmonton, Alberta
Grimsby Taxi - Niagara Falls, Ontario
MacLure's Cabs - Vancouver, British Columbia
Motion Taxi - Toronto, Ontario
Need-A-Lift - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Royal Taxi - Toronto, Ontario
Wheel Chair Taxi (WCT) - Non-profit, Greater Toronto area
Wheelchair Accessible Transit - Toronto, Ontario
Yellow Cab - Vancouver, British Columbia


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



November 21, 2010

NEWS: Chicago Cab Drivers Awarded for Service to Disabled

CHICAGO - April 4, 2010 - Each year since 2001, the City of Chicago awards a driver of a wheelchair accessible cab a taxi medallion worth $180,000 for their service excellence. In the following news report, the 2009 winners (both Checker Taxi drivers) are shown along with their appreciative customers. For more information see: Mayor Daly Honors Taxi Drivers for Excellence (Chicago Dispatcher).

November 18, 2010

New York's Taxi of Tomorrow

TAXI OF TOMORROW - New York is going to be replacing their current taxi fleet of sedans, accessible vans, and hybrid SUVs with a single 'purpose-built' design by 2014 that must be both fuel efficient and wheelchair accessible. The City of New York and the Taxi & Limousine Commission of New York have chosen 3 finalists in the Taxi of Tomorrow competition, and they are now seeking the public's input. There is an interactive Taxi of Tomorrow site where people can comment and share, as well you can fill out a short survey and be eligible to win up to $5,000 in free taxi rides. The contest ends December 20, 2010 and is open to most U.S. residents. See eligibility rules for more information. The 3 vehicles chosen are the Ford Transit Connect (top in photo), Nissan NV200 (bottom in photo), and the Turkish built Karsan V1. For background see the Oct. 11, 2007 news story - Problems with New NYC Accessible Taxis. Related posts: Karsan V1, Nissan NV200, and Ford Transit Connect. Update: Nissan NV200 Wins NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow" Competition

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

November 13, 2010

NEMT: Premier Ambulette Transportation

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Premier Ambulette Transportation is non-emergency medical transportation company based in New Rochelle, New York. They have been in business for over 2 decades. They provide NEMT services for Westchester County, New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. Premier Ambulette Transportation specializes in wheelchair, day treatment, adult day care, non-emergency stretcher, disabled and dialysis transportation. Their clients include: United Hebrew Geriatric Center, Sound Shore Medical Center, Dumont Masonic Nursing Home, Westchester Medical Center, St Johns Hospital, Northern Westchester Hospital, White Plains Hospital, Mount Vernon Hospital, St.Vincents Hospital , Greenwich Hospital.


November 10, 2010

NEMT Provider Profile: Comfort Coach Transportation

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA - Comfort Coach Transport is a family owned and operated non-emergency medical transportation provider located in Oceanside, California. They provide NEMT services in North County and San Diego County, California and surrounding areas including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido. Comfort Coach Transport also offers a "concierge service" for clients needing some extra personal assistance. In the video below, founder Diane Presser shares her personal motivations for starting a non-emergency medical transportation company. As the video concludes, she talks about her experience starting up the company with the help of Project Rev.

November 7, 2010

Cuts To Paratransit: A National Issue

BUDGET CUTS - It would probably be no exaggeration to suggest that in the 20 year history of the Americans with Disabilities Act the current budget cuts to ADA Paratransit Services across the United States are unprecedented in depth and scope. Protests and demonstrations such as the
Chicago Rally for Mass Transit shown in the video below have been played out around the country. The video produced by
includes
Debbie Pittman of the Concerned Citizens of Paratransit (@2:07 min.)
as well as several representatives from the
Amalgamated Transit Union. Because of the way ADA Paratransit is administered and funded, issues affecting the industry are often (though not always, see Cuts to St. Louis' Metro Call-A-Ride) reported by the Media as "local" and unconnected with events happening elsewhere. Taken together however, the following news stories from the past year show a different picture:




For information on cuts to Mass Transit see -
Stranded at the Station - Introduction and summary of the report (below).
Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation - 28 page pdf document prepared by the Transportation Equity Network
Stranded at the Station: Mapping the Transit Funding Crisis - an interactive map of the United State that lets users find what find out what recent service cuts and job losses are in each city.

November 5, 2010

NEWS: Investigation into Ohio Medicaid NEMT Fraud Widens

OHIO - November 4, 2010 - The Ohio Attorney General's investigation into overcharging of Ohio Medicaid funded non-emergency medical transports has shifted from NEMT companies (see Ohio Ambulette Companies Being Investigated) to private ambulance companies such as Life Ambulance Service which the Attorney General believes owes the state more than $400,000 in overcharges. Life Ambulance Service of Portsmouth Ohio, has a reported annual revenue of $32,000,000 and employs a staff of approximately 833.