• Transportation

    Metro to launch Abilities-Ride paratransit service to encourage accessible taxi use as alternative to MetroAccess

    MetroAccess customers will have a new, more flexible option for travel within Maryland with the launch of the Abilities-Ride program on Monday, September 18. The new program offers an alternative to MetroAccess service by allowing eligible customers to use on-demand taxi services–without sharing a ride–at a discounted rate. The Abilities-Ride program offers subsidized rides in… Continue Reading »

    Persons with disabilities to be given priority in transportation: DGCA to SC

    NEW DELHI: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has told the Supreme Court that persons with disabilities would be given priority for transportation over others in cases of unforseen situations demanding off-loading of passengers from aircraft. The DGCA told a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan that the payload capacity of… Continue Reading »

    UK aviation encouraging more persons with disabilities to fly but four airports told they must improve

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published a report that assesses the top 30 UK airports on the quality of assistance they provide to passengers with disabilities.  It shows that the number of persons with disabilities requesting extra help when travelling by air continues to grow significantly and has now reached over three million… Continue Reading »

    MnDOT calls for grant applications to aid bus stop access in rural, small urban areas

    ST. PAUL, MINN.: The Minnesota Department of Transportation is taking grant applications to improve access for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to bus stops and bus transfer facilities. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 29. Projects will be awarded in October. The new “Safe Access to Bus Stops” funding is directed toward improving access… Continue Reading »

    Cab operators discriminating against persons with disabilities, says advocate

    CHENNAI, INDIA: Earlier this month, when disability rights activist Rajiv Rajan booked a shared ride on an app-based cab service, the driver arrived at his home and then refused to take him. “He saw me and said he wouldn’t take me. This is the second time in a month this has happened to me,” said… Continue Reading »

    Uber sued again over discriminating riders with disabilities

    NEW YORK: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a national nonprofit legal center, filed a major class action against Uber on behalf of a broad coalition of disability groups and individuals with disabilities in New York City, because Uber is 99.9% inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan,… Continue Reading »

    New lanyards launched to assist passengers with hidden disabilities

    ABERDEEN, UK: Aberdeen International Airport launched their new hidden disabilities lanyards in partnership with Friendly Access last week with an aim to make air travel more friendly and accessible for all passengers. The airport now offers passengers the opportunity to have familiarisation tours of the terminal prior to their travel plans as well as the… Continue Reading »

    Why Railway facilities beyond access for persons with disabilities, asks High Court

    NEW DELHI: Friday’s TOI report on how a student with disability was unable to board the train and, as a result, missed his entrance examination at Delhi University left the Delhi high court shocked as it questioned the railways over lack of facilities for persons with disabilities. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal… Continue Reading »

    Railway to begin SMS helpline for passengers with disabilities

    MUMBAI: The Central Railway (CR) plans to start a new helpline system to redress the grievances of passengers with disabilities. Following complaints from passengers with disabilities that they were not getting adequate help when they called the helpline number 9004411111, the CR is all set to implement a new system where passengers just need to… Continue Reading »