February 27, 2011

News: MetroAccess Driver Accused in Robbery and Theft from Customer

WASHINGTON D.C. - Feb. 24, 2011 - Fox 5-TV reports that a MetroAccess paratransit driver is accused along with an accomplice in the robbery of the home of a customer he had picked up earlier that day. The rider is believed to have left a set of keys on the MetroAccess bus. While he was at dialysis treatment the robbery and theft of the victim's car took place. The same MetroAccess bus was reported to have been seen parked near the house when the crime occurred, and later the stolen car was stopped by police. The MetroAccess driver works for a company contracted to provide service for MetroAccess. The driver had been hired recently and had passed all background checks. This video has also been posted on AccessDMV: Access for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Metro Access Driver Accused of Stealing from Medically Disabled Passenger: MyFoxDC.com

February 25, 2011

Dial-A-Ride Profile: Transit Link

MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL -
Transit Link is the public dial-a-ride transit service for Minneapolis/St. Paul. The service is for the general public where regular fixed-route transit is not available. ADA certified riders, including those using wheelchairs or walkers can utilize the service.
Transit Link offers
service complimentary to Metro Mobility (Metropolitan Council's ADA paratransit service), but does not replace it.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region Twin Cities Metro Area, Minnesota.


VIDEO #2 - How To Ride Transit Link

February 21, 2011

Innovations: VanGo Vehicle Grant Program

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA - The VanGo Vehicle Grant Program was started in 2000 by Community Transit (Snohomish County's public transportation agency) to improve transportation in the community for seniors, the disabled, youth, and agencies not located within the transit service area. Since then, Community Transit has granted 96 vehicles to non-profit organizations such as the Josephine Home (featured in the video below) in Snohomish County to provide transportation services to residents. Besides assisting these organizations meet the transportation needs of their clients, the Van GO program helps offset the demand for the Dial-A-Ride paratransit service provided by Community Transit.

February 20, 2011

NEMT: Emerald Coast Medical Transport

PANAMA CITY, FL. - Emerald Coast Medical Transport is non-emergency medical transportation company based in Panama City, Florida. Since 2003 they have serviced the non-emergency wheelchair and stretcher transportation needs of Jackson, Holmes, Bay, and Washington Counties in the Florida Panhandle. In emergencies, they provide transport to hurricane evacuation centers.

February 14, 2011

NEMT Provider Profile: PRN Para Transit

PITTSBURGH - PRN Health Services is a home health care agency serving Pittsburgh and surrounding area. Founded in 1979, the company's approximately 400 employees offer clients a wide range of home health related services including non-emergency medical transportation. The PRN Para Transit Service division offers a variety of transport options including assisted ambulatory private car transport, wheelchair vans, and 2 person team ambulette service to handle stretchers. Services are offered in Allegheny, Beaver, Lawrence, Westmoreland, and Washington Counties in Pennsylvania.

February 12, 2011

Taxi of Tomorrow: Nissan NV200

NISSAN NV200 - The Nissan NV200 is one of 3 finalists in the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission's Taxi of Tomorrow competition to find a single new taxi design for New York City. The winner will get the exclusive right to supply the fleet of 11,000 cabs for 10 years. The Nissan NV200 was first shown at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and was later introduced into the European market in 2010. It is manufactured in China and is designed to meet the various requirements needed for a light commercial vehicle, including that of a wheelchair accessible taxi. Related posts: New York's Taxi of Tomorrow, Karsan V1, 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.

February 7, 2011

Taxi of Tomorrow: Karsan V1

KARSAN V1 -The Karsan V1 is one of 3 finalists in New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow competition to find a single new taxi design for NYC. The winner will get the exclusive right to supply the fleet of 11,000 cabs for 10 years. The Turkish built Karsan V1 is the only one of the three that was specifically designed by the manufacturer to meet the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission's requirements, which includes wheelchair accessibility. Karsan has been producing commercial vehicles for the European market since the 1960's. Related posts: New York's Taxi of Tomorrow, Nissan NV200, and Ford Transit Connect. Update: Nissan NV200 Wins NYC's "Taxi of Tomorrow" Competition

VIDEO #1 - Karsan V1


VIDEO #2 - NYC's New Taxi?

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

February 5, 2011

Paratransit Winter Service Problems

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - The following video and companion news story (Wheelchair Users Suffer Through Snow) from Jan. 16, 2008 show the difficulties involved with paratransit transport in the worst of winter conditions, both for the providers and the users of the service. For the service provider there are delays because of poor roads and traffic, some routes and sidewalks may be impassible, there are often problems parking and loading at pick-up and drop-off locations, and in the office staff are kept busy answering the back-log of callers on hold and re-scheduling or canceling trips. For users of the service (and their caregivers) there are long waits on the phone, waiting/wondering when or if the bus will arrive, arriving late at their destination (which may mean having to phone again to re-schedule the return trip), removing or arranging to have the snow removed from their door to the curb, and some clients are more sensitive to the cold because of their medical condition or medication. For all concerned: it is cold, miserable, and stressful. In this particular case the conditions were such that the service provider, STA Paratransit of Spokane was able to navigate the roads to the client's residence, but the sidewalk from the curb to the door was not cleared of snow and the driver was unable to make the pick-up.