February 18, 2013

PTS: St. John Ambulance Cymru-Wales Patient Transport Service

WALES - The Patient Transport Service division of St. John Ambulance Cymru-Wales provides assisted ambulatory, stretcher, and wheelchair accessible non-emergency medical transportation for more than 20,000 patients each year throughout Wales. Services are provided in conjunction with National Health Service Trusts, Social Services, insurance companies, or can be arranged as private-pay trips. The Patient Transport Service operates more than 60 vehicles including ambulances, wheelchair accessible cars, and a standard car service. Staff are qualified in First Aid and have been trained in use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), oxygen and Entonox gasses, and in manual patient lifting and transfers. St. John Ambulance Cymru-Wales is a non-profit organization.

February 17, 2013

PTS: Scottish Ambulance Patient Transport Service

SCOTLAND - The Patient Transport Service division of the Scottish Ambulance Service provides assisted ambulatory and wheelchair accessible non-emergency medical transportation to and from hospitals for nearly 1.3 million patients each year throughout Scotland. Eligible patients with medical need or limited mobility are transported to and from healthcare appointments or for hospital admission/discharge. These services are provided for through the National Health Service Scotland.

February 13, 2013

New Wheelchair Accessibility Program for NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow

NEW YORK - When New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow project was first announced back in 2010, officials projected a timeline where the first of the new taxi's would be on the streets of Manhattan by 2014. Although not all of the new cabs will be wheelchair accessible as many had hoped, the first of the new fleet is on schedule to be in service by next year. Ahead of this, the Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities in conjunction with the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission launched a new program to provide improved wheelchair-accessible taxi dispatching services. This includes a centralized service providing on-demand transportation 24/7, 365 days a year with no advance reservations necessary. There will be multiple ways to request rides: Call 311, a direct phone line, text a request, mobile app, and online at Accessible Dispatch. Wheelchair passengers will pay the normal metered fare, there will be no extra costs. All drivers of wheelchair accessible taxis will be required to participate in the accessible dispatch program. The accessible cabs will respond to trips originating in Manhattan and ending in any of the 5 Boroughs, Westchester and Nassau Counties, or the 3 regional airports. 233 of the new wheelchair accessible taxis will be provided by Metro Taxi of New Haven, Connecticut.

February 10, 2013

PROFILE: Morris Area Paratransit System (MAPS)

NEW JERSEY - Morris Area Paratransit System (MAPS) is the curb-to-curb wheelchair accessible and assisted ambulatory public transport service in Morris County, New Jersey for residents 60 years or older, as well as individuals 18 years or older that have a physical or mental disability. They may also be able to provide transportation for people temporarily disabled by illness or injury. The service is generally free, but users are encouraged to donate $1.00 per round trip. In operation since 1987, MAPS together with the Morris County Seniors Dial-a-Ride provides services throughout the county to medical appointments, work, school, adult day programs, and nursing homes. Recently MAPS invested in a new scheduling system (RouteMatch), which is also utilized by the Morris County Nutrition Project to manage the delivery of meals to the homebound in the community.

February 2, 2013

Milwaukee's Transit Express Converts Paratransit Vehicles to CNG

WISCONSIN - The following video features the president and owner of Transit Express discussing her company's experience with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Transit Express has been for over 30 years and operate a fleet of 140 vehicles. They are a privately owned and operated wheelchair accessible transportation provider based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. State regulations for urban transport providers required that 50% of their new vehicle purchases had to be run on "clean" fuels. To meet these standards they received funding from the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program (WVTP) to convert 10 paratransit vans to CNG. WCTP is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Clean Cities initiative to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector through the use of alternative fuels, advanced technology vehicles, and fuel economy measures. Additional costs for Transit Express include employing a CNG Certified Mechanic and the installation of both a fast-fill and a slow-fill re-fueling station. The modular re-fueling station shown in the video is manufactured by Greenfield.