May 25, 2013

Corpus Christi RTA Offering Free WiFi on Paratransit Buses

TEXAS - Since 2011, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has been offering free wireless internet for riders on transit and paratransit buses. Offering free WiFi is part of an overall effort to encourage ridership in Corpus Christi, Texas. When the program was announced, transit officials pointed out that it would be particularly useful for the significant number of passengers that are students of Del Mar College and Texas A&M University (Corpus Christi Campus). RTA performs almost 6 million passenger trips per year.

May 20, 2013

Training: VTD Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Drive Education Video

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - As public agencies turn more and more to the involvement of wheelchair accessible taxis to meet growing demand and costs, it become all that more important to provide specialized training in the transport of wheelchair users. Unfortunately there is a great deal of inconsistency in the quality of education throughout the industry. In some jurisdictions there is little or none, and often the responsibility is left solely to the taxi companies themselves with no other form of accountability. To address this problem, the Department of Transport in Victoria, Australia has produced in cooperation with the Victorian Taxi Directorate (VTD), a comprehensive educational video for drivers that covers all aspects of their responsibilities. It starts with the basics of courtesy, communications, and safety that should be universal. It then goes into the aspects of the service that are unique to the VTD such as the Talking Taxis Communication Boards and the Multi Purpose Taxi Program. By making this video available online and included as part of the VTD website it also informs passengers of the level of service they should expect.

May 12, 2013

Paratransit Profile: MST Rides

CALIFORNIA - MST Rides is the ADA Paratransit service of Monterey-Salinas Transit. The service is funded by the County of Monterey. It is a shared ride wheelchair accessible door-to-door transportation service operating in Monterey County, California. It is available on a reservation only basis for those individuals in the community that are unable to use the fixed-route transit. MST Rides operates within the designated service area of MST Transit which includes the Greater Monterey and Salinas areas as far south as Paso Robles and Big Sur, and as far north as Santa Cruz and San Jose.

May 6, 2013

Amind Maxi Taxi Conversions

Amind Maxi Taxi Conversions is an Australian company that specializes in the retrofit of vans for commercial use as a wheelchair accessible taxi. Some of the products they offer and install are of their own design. These purpose-built products include the sidestep (a retractible foldout step to aid ambulatory passengers), a variety of folding seats, a floor conversion built to commercial standards with built-in wheelchair lock system, and an assortment of other products. Amind Maxi Taxi Conversions is based in Brisbane, Queensland.