In March and April of 2012, thirteen new accessible taxis will be
introduced to Rhode Island, greatly improving access to transportation
for the mobility impaired.
These vehicles have been purchased by local taxi companies, with
support from the Federal Transit Administration’s New Freedom program.
The RI Public Transit Authority and the RI Division of Public Utilities
and Carriers also provided support to help bring these vehicles to Rhode
The taxis will serve seventeen communities in Rhode Island,
including Providence, Newport and Woonsocket. T.F. Green Airport in
Warwick will also be served.
The accessible taxis operate just like any other licensed taxicabs in
Rhode Island. Rides are arranged by calling the taxi company licensed
to operate. Or, travelers may hail an available cab on the street.
If a return trip begins outside the cab company’s licensed
territory, it must be arranged in advance and made within 24
hours. Passengers must have a return trip receipt in order to be picked
up outside any company’s service area.
Operating hours vary by company and the number of accessible taxis
is limited, so it is best to call and reserve a vehicle in advance. See
below to find a company in your area.
The new taxis are modified mini-vans. Passengers using mobility
devices board via a ramp which extends from the rear of the vehicle.
Inside the taxi, the vehicle floor has been specially lowered to
comfortably accommodate passengers seated in a wheelchair or scooter.
All passengers ride in a forward-facing position.
Taxi drivers have been specially trained to assist you on the ramp, and
to secure mobility devices within the vehicle to prevent movement during
Passengers using both motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs and
scooters can board the taxis. The vehicle ramp and rear compartment can
accommodate mobility devices up to 30 inches wide with a total weight of
750 pounds (passenger plus device).
Seating for up to four additional taxi passengers is available on the second row bench seat and front passenger seat.
Standard Rhode Island taxi rates will apply to any service provided with these vehicles.
For example, a five-mile trip will cost about $12.00. There are no
discounts, even if you are eligible for RIPTA ADA services or other
transportation through The Ride Program.
For more information, call Airport Taxi at 401-737-2868.