The City: Taxi Driver Shortage Stalls Passengers with Limited Mobility as MTA Service Sags

July 14, 2021

Disability Justice, For-Hire Vehicles, News

Image of a cell phone being used to hail an accessible for-hire-vehicle ride in New York

A recent The City article focused on decreased reliability of MTA paratransit services, noting that as restrictions lessen and public life slowly resumes, the need for paratransit services is growing. A shortage of taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers means riders are seeing increasing delays in service. 

NYLPI Access-A-Ride Campaign Coordinator and Organizer Eman Rimawi told The City, “it’s taking up to three hours to get a ride, just like the bad old days…This is neither equitable nor reliable.” Rimawi finds the growing delays to be a troubling trend — especially after NYLPI and its Access-A-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!) coalition partners fought to secure the highly-regarded MTA paratransit “on demand” pilot program for 1,200 participants. 

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