• Transportation

    UB, NFTA working to make public transportation more accessible

    For many people who have a disability, taking public transportation is a necessity. But it can also be a nightmare. The barriers abound. It can be extremely difficult to get up and down the stairs on the bus. Riders who use a wheelchair often feel undue attention drawn upon them as passengers sit and wait… Continue Reading »

    Hovertravel Launches ‘Hovercare’ Program to Make Travelling More Accessible

    Hovertravel is announcing a major new initiative aiming at improving accessibility. Called HoverCare, this initiative starts with the world’s first accessibility training session on a passenger hovercraft. Hovertravel staff will undergo training from the Barclays Accessibility Team, which will include the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have mobility, vision and hearing disabilities… Continue Reading »

    U.S. DOT Announces Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative Application Development Awards

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded six application development research contracts, totaling $6.185 million* for a period of performance through FY 2019, under its Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) to improve mobility options for all travelers, particularly those with disabilities. ATTRI is a multimodal departmental effort that has been at the leading edge of… Continue Reading »

    Ensuring Accessibility: Lessons from the BRT in Mexico

    The reliance on public transportation for the 81.2 million inhabitants concentrated in Mexico’s urban centers is estimated at approximately eighty-percent of their urban transit needs. Although the majority of urban inhabitants are dependent on public transportation, many of the features of these transport systems have been described as non-inclusive and inaccessible. Responding to the lack… Continue Reading »

    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 »