Taxis for All, Philadelphia
Visualization showing Philadelphia's taxi system today. 1 in 288 taxicabs are accessible. Image shows 288 taxi icons, with one of the icons in bold and the others greyed out.

More than 128,800 people in the City of Philadelphia live with an ambulatory disability yet only 7 of the 1,599 taxicabs in Philadelphia are Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs). 2

If the new regulation is approved, every medallion taxicab in Philadelphia will be gradually replaced by a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle over 8 years.

  • In London, every taxicab has been a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle since 1988.
  • New York gained nationwide attention for committing to 50% accessibility by 2020.
  • Philadelphia can do better.

Who else benefits from WAVs?

  • Older adults
  • Families with strollers
  • Shoppers with packages
  • Travelers with luggage
  • Taxpayers
  • The family, friends and co-workers of hundreds of thousands of disabled customers
Graph showing number of WAVs by city. London 19000, New York 6500 (projected 2020), Philadelphia Today, 7.

What about cost?

  • A fully integrated taxicab fleet will save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars by reducing need for the region’s costly paratransit services.
  • Philadelphia taxicab companies stand to gain hundreds of thousands of new customers by serving the whole population rather than just a segregated segment.

2015 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s time we move forward in the City of Brotherly Love, with Liberty and Taxis For All.

Taxis for All, Philadelphia

1 Huffington Post. “Accessible Taxis: A Civil Right or a Nice Bonus of a City?” July 28, 2014

2 City of Philadelphia Resolution No. 140734, September 25, 2014