Tips for Physically Disabled Travel in the Big Apple

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Despite overcrowded sidewalks and runaway taxis, navigating through New York City isn’t as difficult for individuals that are handicapped as one may think. Although not all subway and rail stations of the New York City Transit Authority are handicap accessible, 110 stations meet ADA guidelines as of 2010 and another 120 provide ramps or elevators that were installed prior to the American Disabilities Act (but do not meet current guidelines). In addition, all accessible stations are clearly marked on current rail and subway maps and riders with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares. Prefer to ride the bus? No problem. All New York City buses are wheelchair-accessible.

“Hey! Taxi!”

Need to get across town quickly? In 2010, the city launched a pilot project to connect wheelchair users with wheelchair-accessible taxis. Persons with disabilities can dial 311 to be connected to a central dispatch office and request a pickup time at any destination. As part of the program, drivers are required to assist with transporting the wheelchair and helping the rider with any belongings.

Want to see the sites while you’re in town? Don’t sweat it. Almost all of the Big Apple’s popular tourist attractions are wheelchair friendly. If you are planning to visit a specific attraction and have a disability, you may want make a call in advance, however, to make sure all ramps and elevators at the site are open and to find out which areas of the attraction you’ll be able to visit.

New York City’s Finest

If you’re planning a visit to NYC but want to pack lightly, American Mobility Rentals can help.

American Mobility Rentals

Offering a full line of mobility equipment services including rentals and sales, American Mobility Rentals is the premier provider of mobility equipment in New York City and the surrounding areas. From scooters and wheelchairs to walkers and ramps, American Mobility Rentals has the equipment to make getting around easier and can accommodate most requests. Additionally, American Mobility Rentals provides pickup and delivery services to residences, hotels, parks, nursing homes, and dozens of other locations and offers around-the-clock emergency services.

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