The Taxi of Tomorrow contest has heated up as Iowa’s senator, Tom Harkin, has stepped up to say that the next generation of New York City taxicabs should have wheelchair ramps, making them universally accessible. Currently, only a small percentage of New York’s yellow taxicabs are wheelchair accessible.
Although progress has not been even everywhere, accessibility for people who use wheelchairs has improving throughout the nation. Increasing awareness, and the critical support of leaders aware of the needs of the disabled community, has led to improved access in many public spaces. Universally accessible public transportation, such as the proposed Taxi of Tomorrow, provides a much needed resource.
Will the Taxis of Tomorrow make it to Rhode Island? There’s no tougher ‘proving ground’ than the streets of New York City. If the cabs can make it there, they’ll make it anywhere. In time, there may be a Taxi of Tomorrow pulling up in front of your door.
Rhode Island Ramp Systems
National Ramp Systems are high-strength, low-maintenance, low cost modular wheelchair ramps. They’re great year round: the grooved aluminum ramp features an open mesh surface. That means rain and snow slip right through. Considering the weather we’ve had lately, having a ramp that’s slip-resistant is especially important!
No building permits are required for a National Ramp System. That’s great news for Rhode Island homeowners who know that a building permit can trigger property re-evaluations: no one wants their property taxes going up. Lift and Care Systems provides wheelchair ramp installation in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Life changes can happen at any time: installations are available year round, so you don’t need to wait for your ramp!
Watch the news: The winner of the Taxi of Tomorrow contest will be announced in the next several months. If you need information on choosing the best ramp system for your Rhode Island home, Contact Us!