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NYC taxi service for wheelchair travelers

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  November 13, 2012 09:39 AM

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By Kari Bodnarchuk, Globe Correspondent

Only 233 of New York’s 13,000 taxis can accommodate wheelchair travelers. That’s why the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has launched Accessible Dispatch, a service that provides wheelchair-accessible taxis to passengers. The service is operated by Connecticut-based Metro Taxi, which tracks those 233 taxis by GPS and then dispatches the one closest to your location. Request a lift anytime day or night, 365 days a year, by phone, text, Internet, or by using a new iTunes app, WOW Taxi. No extra charge for the lift or service, and no need to make advance reservations. Trips must originate in Manhattan and end anywhere in the city’s five boroughs, Westchester and Nassau counties, or the three regional airports. All taxis are rear- or side-entry minivans. 646-599-9999, www.accessibledispatch.com

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