The agreement with MV Transportation will provide “hundreds” of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago and Toronto, Uber said.
Metro has revised upward the amount of additional money it needs from local taxpayers in the current budget year, even as it looks ahead to potential service improvements next summer.
Deymon Levarne Childs, 40, of Suitland, Maryland, allegedly sexually assaulted an intellectually disabled passenger aboard a MetroAccess vehicle Monday afternoon in Hyattsville.
As part of the program, eligible customers use on-demand cab services at a discounted rate. Metro estimates that in less than five months, 8,219 trips saved $287,665.
All six Metro lines are expected to undergo work during the holiday weekend, with some stations experiencing closures and single-tracking.
The bill would put in place pilot programs for a flat fare system. Another pilot program would offer free transfers between bus and rail service at the participating stations.
After public protests, the District is reversing cuts to a discounted taxicab program for paratransit riders.
Despite complaints from people with disabilities, D.C. does not plan to allow more riders to use subsidized taxis instead of MetroAccess paratransit service.
MetroAccess Director Omari June was the focus of a 2015 lawsuit against Metro that was settled last year that accused him of harassing a woman who ended up losing her job herself in 2014 after an internal investigation.
Due to the looming winter storm, MetroAccess service will be suspended as of 4 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday.
A federal safety expert seemed concerned that Metro did not seem to be making more progress
A Montgomery County Council panel will hold a work session on a program that provides transit service to people who cannot use the region’s fixed-route bus and rail systems due to disabilities.
Metro plans to temper spiking costs for paratransit service with a pilot program that would pay for rides on Uber, Lyft or similar services. The program is slated to begin March 1.
MV Transportation has settled a lawsuit claiming it falsely billed the MetroAccess program for charges that included cancellation fees for dead passengers.
Disabled riders and MetroAccess drivers have joined hands to complain about the transit service that they say could use a lot of improvement.
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