The MTA is planning to partner with ride-sharing services like Uber to fix Access-A-Ride. Here was our response.
Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have grown increasingly popular in the last few years. During this time, both companies have faced numerous challenges to their business models, including lawsuits involving passenger safety and the misclassification of their drivers as independent contractors, as well as accusations that both drivers and passengers discriminate based on race and other factors.
Disability Activists Slam MTA for Considering Uber as an Alternative to Existing Access-a-Ride Service
Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities have long battled with car services whose vehicles are not accessible. Now they are calling on the MTA to drop plans to do business with them.
The MTA is considering including Uber in its Access-a-Ride program. Uber operates over 44,000 vehicles in NYC and, until the company hatched a scheme to poach 40 accessible green taxis from the boroughs, not a single one was accessible to wheelchair users.
In a move to better serve wheelchair users in the five boroughs, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission has pitched a citywide-expansion of its accessible dispatch program.
Ride-sharing was hailed as the wave of the future, but as a recent study shows, it’s only the future for some.
Dustin Jones has been in a wheelchair since a surgical accident in 2011 — the same year e-hailing cab company Uber arrived in New York City.
Uber and Lyft are back in the headlines again, but not for the usual ride share issues. This time it is for alleged violations of the ADA.
In the latest in the battle over Uber coming to Upstate New York, an advocacy group is sending out letters to local leaders about Uber’s lack of wheelchair-accessible cars.
A Middle Tennessee Uber driver has been suspended after police say she refused to give a ride to a man and his service dog.