If you live with a disability, finding transportation can be a challenge. Even a trip to the grocery store can feel like planning a vacation as you try to find a practical way from point A to point B. That’s why Dreamscape Foundation put together a quick guide to help you assess your options and find accessible transportation near you.
Know Your Accessible Transportation Options
As much as we wish every state, city and town had the same accessibility accommodations, our world isn’t there yet. That’s why it’s important to know a variety of solutions. Below are several common modes of transportation assistance if you can’t drive on your own:
Public Bus Services
No matter where you are in the U.S., government regulations require public bus transit to accommodate accessibility needs. If you live in a city or large town, look into what public transit is available. Because bus services run on a regular schedule, you can plan your route accordingly. Simply look up the bus schedule and estimate your travel time accordingly.
Trains, Trams and Other Rail Services
Public transit isn’t limited to busses either. Many cities have trains, trams or other rail services that can help you get to where you need to be. If you need wheelchair or other assistance, make sure you call ahead for details on how to arrange them.
But what if you can’t make it to public transit stations or stops? Taxi services are available in most areas and can meet you at your doorstep. When you call for a taxi service, explain any specific accommodations you may need.
Uber and Lyft have become extremely popular apps for quick transportation. Not only does Uber provide accessibility options for its users but it also designed its app to include accessibility features. Individuals with low vision or blindness can use these features to easily schedule a ride.
Private Transportation Services
For those who are looking for more traditional private transportation services, there are numerous solutions on the market, like SuperShuttle. These are similar to taxi services or hail-a-ride apps. However, it may not have the same immediacy as Uber or Lyft. Like taxis and public transit, you’ll want to aim to plan ahead.
Accessibility Services for Commercial Flights
Are you planning a long-distance trip? Commercial flights make it a point to provide accessibility services to passengers who need them. Use one of the services above to get to the airport or see if there is a shuttle service available to take you to and from the airport.
Also, be sure to arrive early. While airports go above and beyond to accommodate for passenger needs, such as wheelchairs, shuttle services and early boarding with assistance, they often require additional steps that may need more time to execute properly.
Ready to Roll?
Keep in mind that transportation services may operate differently. Some may require reservations while others are available on demand or through regular route schedules. As you organize your transportation, make sure you plan accordingly. While it may seem like extra work, it’s worth it to be prepared.« PreviousNext »