On May 12, 2011, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) launched the full service of the District of Columbia’s first wheelchair accessible taxicab pilot project, rollDC. Today’s launch caps the successful testing phase of the program that saw a seven-fold increase in use by people using wheelchairs. rollDC’s full service includes a fleet of 20 accessible taxicabs, provided by Royal Cab and the Yellow Cab Company of D.C., to serve people with disabilities using wheelchairs in the District of Columbia.

It is estimated that 3.3 million Americans 15-years of age or older use wheelchairs—including more than 12,000 D.C. residents. The launch event was held at an outdoor plaza next to the Northeast D.C. office of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG).

“Today we celebrate the launch of an important transportation option for people with disabilities,” said Muriel Bowser, D.C. Councilmember and Chair of the TPB. “For the first time, D.C. has wheelchair accessible taxi service available – providing unlimited access to transportation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people using wheelchairs.” Read more at: mwcog.org/news/press/detail.asp?NEWS_ID=502

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