Minneapolis officials have struck a deal with five taxi companies to make wheelchair accessible cabs available in the city 24 hours a day.
In return, the five participating companies will pay reduced license fees. To cover the cost, the city charges a license surcharge to other cab companies and Lyft and Uber, which don’t provide the accessible service.
Prices for the accessible cabs are the same as other cab rides, and all accept credit cards. The cabs are ADA compliant and drivers have been trained, officials said.
The arrangement starts Feb. 1, and the taxi companies participating are
- Airport Taxi, with 7 wheelchair accessible vehicles
- Yellow Taxi, 7 wheelchair accessible vehicles
- Green and White Taxi, 6 wheelchair accessible vehicles
- Minneapple Taxi, 2 wheelchair accessible vehicles
- La Mexicana Taxicab 1 wheelchair accessible vehicle
Mayor Betsy Hodges said the deal makes progress in providing accessibility:
“It’s important that all residents know they can rely on services when they need them, and I thank these participating taxicab companies for recognizing the importance of serving the entire community.