New Yorkers in wheelchairs want ridesharing services to ensure more accessible vehicles

Associated Press

New Yorkers in wheelchairs fear the new era of ridesharing services will mainly leave them on the curb.

They're pushing for legislation to ensure services like Uber will have more wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

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Uber says it already accommodates those riders in collaboration with the green taxis that mostly serve New York City's outer boroughs.

Advocates and people who use wheelchairs say it's not enough, urging requirements for all taxi services across New York.

They have written this week to the 213 state legislators, urging that pending bills to regulate transportation network companies protect their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Edith Prentiss chairs the Taxis for All Campaign. She says she once waited an hour-and-a-half at the Albany train station for a 10-minute wheelchair-accessible taxi company ride arranged in advance.