Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Fantastic

So I'm planning for Philadelphia next week and one of the things that has so far eluded my clever little brain is finding accessible taxis in Philly. Apparently, there aren't any:

"It should be noted that some very large cities, Philadelphia (1,600 cabs including 160 new medallions), Dallas (1,900) cabs, Detroit, (1,320 cabs), and Seattle (850 cabs) do not appear to have accessible taxicabs in service. In fact, Seattle just re-wrote its taxi ordinances, and stated that accessible cabs were not an issue at this time, although it was an issue that they might re-visit at a later date. However, in New York City the Taxicab and Limousine Commission (TLC) is considering a rule to require that all 12,187 yellow medallion cabs be converted to accessible vehicles."

Lovely.

6 comments:

Oliver de la Paz said...

Hmmmm. I hope your interviews aren't all over Philly. I remember when I went to MLA in Philly two years ago, I had interviews at seven different hotels. Not fun.

Anonymous said...

paul, that is ridiculous.

rad

Paul said...

Tell me about it, Ruth.

Penultimatina said...

WTF? There are lots of accessible cabs in Chicago. Hmnf to Philly.

Paul said...

Yep, Chicago was a breeze.

Radish King said...

No one rides cabs in Seattle. Seriously, their doors don't even open. We just have fake cab drivers driving all around town with no passengers. I'm not making this up. If you tried to hail a cab in Seattle, they'd look terrified then speed away.

The bus system, however, is one of the best in the country and the buses are all accessible for chairs and bicycles and all manner of flying fish.

Please don't let our zero ghost cabs stop you from visiting.