RI unveils wheelchair-accessible taxi cabs
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Islanders in wheelchairs now have a new way to get around.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has unveiled new minivan taxi cabs modified to accommodate wheelchairs.
The new vehicles are the result of a 2010 state law designed to improve transit options for disabled users.
Seven taxi companies and the federal government provided funds to purchase the vehicles.
The taxis will service 17 Rhode Island communities including Newport, Providence, Woonsocket and the state's main airport, T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.
State Rep. Elaine Coderre sponsored the 2010 law. The Providence Democrat says the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxis has been a significant barrier to disabled Rhode Islanders.