Metro to expand discounted taxi service for disabled riders to DC, Virginia

    A MetroAccess shuttle (PHOTO: WMATA)

    After a successful pilot program in Maryland, Metro announced Wednesday that they plan to expand their discounted taxi-ride service, Abilities-Ride, to DC and Virginia.

    The Abilities-Ride program allows riders who qualify (anyone who qualifies for the MetroAccess shuttle service can also use the taxi service) to get discounts on taxi rides through their participating partners.

    Riders pay the first $5, Metro pays the next $15 and then the rider pays any amount beyond $20.

    You can take four rides a day with Abilities-Ride, and one personal care assistant can travel with you at no extra cost.

    WMATA said that giving riders an alternative to MetroAccess will save them $4 to $6 million per year as each MetroAccess trip costs Metro more than $50.

    Metro added that they hope to launch the program expansion by summer 2019.

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