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Controversial New Bill Would Put 15 Wheelchair Accessible Cabs on Philadelphia Streets (June 29, 2012)

Philadelphia lawmakers are hoping to quickly push through a bill which would offer city medallions for 15 wheelchair accessible cabs to service the greater metro area. Disability advocates and the Greater Philadelphia Taxi Association (GPTA) have been lobbying for the cabs and overall improvements in taxi accessibility but remain skeptical about the new bill.

“We think that [the bill] is a pathetic response,” said Jeff Hornstein of the GPTA. ”Fifteen medallions is not going to create a robust system.”

Tom Earl of Liberty Resources added, “It’s just totally offensive to the residents of the city with disabilities.”

A good part of the frustration comes from the fact that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is championing the bill. There is concern that it will now provide a previously unauthorized city department with power and control over the city’s cabs in a very unusual arrangement with the court system.

Nick Miccarelli of the Parking Authority explains that it’s all ‘part of the package’ and that, “It’s going to insure that taxi cabs are the best they can be in our area.”

No date has been set for a final ruling by city officials.

News Source: CBS Philly

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