WashPost: Bringing more wheelchair-accessible cabs to D.C. streets and saving the city millions

He was referring to a program that could begin on a relatively modest scale in the fall, designed to save millions of dollars for the District while increasing the number of wheelchair-accessible taxi-vans on the streets of the nation’s capital.

In its early phase — a pilot program, possibly starting in October — kidney-dialysis patients (in wheelchairs or not) who live in the District and use Metro’s paratransit service would have the option of riding in any of 33 accessible taxi-vans that would be added to the city’s cab fleet.

The fares generally would be lower than on Metro’s service, called MetroAccess, officials said, and riders would be able to book trips on shorter notice. If the program works, Linton and others said, it could be expanded in coming years.

The transit agency likes the idea. The Taxicab Commission voted Wednesday to move ahead with it. And Patrick Sheehan, chairman of citizens committee that advises Metro on accessibility issues, called the plan “a win-win situation for all.”

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