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This comes to us from disability advocate and friend of the Foundation, Lauren DeBruicker in regards to something that has been in the news a lot lately, accessible taxis. Read on:
Dear friends in Philadelphia’s wheelchair-using community,
In order to make taxicabs in all parts of Philadelphia more accessible to people with disabilities, the Philadelphia Parking Authority announced on Friday that it is seeking to amend local taxi regulations to require that 300 of Philadelphia’s taxis be wheelchair-accessible by the end of this year, and that 100% of Philadelphia’s taxis be accessible by 2016. Currently, there are only 2 accessible cabs in operating in Philadelphia.
It is expected that Philadelphia’s taxi companies will strongly oppose these regulations. If you are in favor of increasing the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in Philadelphia, please consider submitting a short public comment by email to Charles Milstein, Esq. at the PPA (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 3, 2011. It can be a single sentence, or more if you like; some suggestions for your email are below. There is also a public hearing being held on the issue at the PPA’s Taxicab and Limousine Division Headquarters at 2415 Swanson Street on February 15 at 10:00 a.m. More info on the PPA’s announcement and proposed regulations can be found through the following links:
Whether you live, work or occasionally play in Philadelphia, or know people who do or might some day want to, please consider supporting this effort. For some, being able to hail an accessible cab means the difference between being able to participate in Philadelphia's business, cultural and personal opportunities (not to mention getting around in lousy weather, or to and from the airport without huge parking fees, or being able to accompany a loved one to the ER), or missing out.
If you are an individual with a disability or love someone who is, I hope you will consider sending a message in support of these regulations, and forward this information to interested family and friends. If you work with an organization that serves people who face challenges finding reliable accessible transportation, I hope you will encourage your constituents to contribute their voice to this effort.
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