Brooklyn, New York: Kevin Peter Carroll, candidate for the New York City Council for the 43rd District, today, praised the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for introducing a pilot program to offer e-hail services as an alternative to the troubled Access-A-Ride (AAR) service.
As reported in Crain’s, the MTA, at its monthly Board meeting yesterday, announced the creation of a pilot program that will allow AAR users the option to book trips, on-demand, from apps like Uber and Lyft with no out-of-pocket costs.
“My mother is confined to a wheelchair and she has not been able to rely on Access-A-Ride,” said Kevin Peter Carroll. “They commonly show up and arrive at destinations late. The nearest subway station, 77th Street, is not wheelchair-accessible so she has no other options to get around. This pilot could be life-changing for her and others who are disabled.
“It is a rare occurrence for me to be praising the MTA. I have, over the years, condemned them for having two sets of books, for cutting bus service, and, most recently, for problems on the R train. But as someone who personally uses ride-hailing apps, I recognize the potential for new technologies like this to improve the quality of life of our elderly and disabled. I applaud the MTA putting this idea into action and I know Mom can’t wait to try out this pilot program.”