New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission Approves MobilityWorks Commercial Wheelchair Accessible Transit Connect for Taxi Use

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Versatile new taxi designed with input from wheelchair riders and taxi operators can be converted from accessible to standard in seconds.

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Wheelchair Ford Transit Connect Vans made by MobilityWorks in Akron Ohio

The Flex-Flat ramp folds flat when not needed, creating the most versatile taxi available.

In a unanimous decision, the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (NYTLC), the organization which oversees all taxicab regulations and operations in New York City, has approved for taxi use the wheelchair accessible Ford Transit Connect built by MobilityWorks Commercial of Akron, OH. New York City is the largest taxi market in the country with over 13,000 taxicabs, and has recently made a strong commitment to the disabled of the city by pledging to dramatically increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis available.

The newly approved rear-entry Ford Transit Connect, along with the Toyota Sienna which was approved by NYTLC in May, have been successfully crash tested to give drivers and riders the highest levels of safety. Plus, it has an average fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon in combined driving, which is as much as a 50% improvement over the former standard taxi, Ford’s Crown Victoria sedan, and one of the highest mileage taxis on the streets of NYC.

MobilityWorks has been building wheelchair accessible taxis for companies throughout the United States for the past three years. They continue to develop new vehicle platforms and product innovations, like the exclusive Flex-Flat Ramp, specifically for the taxi industry.

The Flex-Flat Ramp, which was created based on input from wheelchair riders, taxi operators and owners, folds flat when not needed, giving the rear of the van a trunk-like deck for luggage, golf clubs and other cargo. This ramp design created the most versatile taxi available – one which can be converted from accessible to standard in seconds.

For more information on MobilityWorks’ wheelchair accessible Taxis for New York City, visit http://www.MobilityWorks.com/NYCTaxi or contact Michael Shank, General Manager – Taxi, at 800-769-8267.

MobilityWorks Commercial is the leading builder of wheelchair accessible vans, minivans, taxis and shuttles in America. MobilityWorks Commercial has Ford’s largest mobility bailment pool with E-Series units in stock and among the fastest lead times in the industry. Every vehicle available is compliant with FMVSS, OEM & ADA standards, including crash testing and seat pull testing. More information can be found at http://www.MobilityWorksCommercial.com, or call Jim Cermak, MobilityWorks Commercial Marketing Specialist at 330-861-1118.

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