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

Americas, Transportation, September 14 2017

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… Continue Reading »

Ensuring Accessibility: Lessons from the BRT in Mexico

Americas, Transportation, September 12 2017

Accessible Bus

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… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Transportation, September 11 2017

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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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, September 7 2017

Air India Plane

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… Continue Reading »

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

Europe, Transportation, August 14 2017

Accessible Toilet sign with arrow at the airport

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… Continue Reading »

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

Americas, Transportation, August 14 2017

Rapid KL bus driver Azmi Salleh helping Mohd Ihsan Abdul Karim board a bus. Photo Credit: BERNAMA

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… Continue Reading »

Cab operators discriminating against persons with disabilities, says advocate

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, July 26 2017

Taxi sign on a car

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… Continue Reading »

Uber sued again over discriminating riders with disabilities

Americas, Transportation, July 20 2017

Wheelchair User

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… Continue Reading »

New lanyards launched to assist passengers with hidden disabilities

Europe, Transportation, July 10 2017

Special assistance staff with passenger in wheelchair

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… Continue Reading »

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

Asia-Pacific, Transportation, July 10 2017

A wheelchair user being assisted to board a train at Egmore railway station. (Photo credit: The Hindu)

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… Continue Reading »


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