County hopes to improve taxis for disabled riders

June 8, 2010

By Staff

King County wants taxi operators to offer wheelchair-accessible taxicabs. The county assessed services and determined customers with disabilities need additional wheelchair-accessible service.

Drivers will be allowed to pick up passengers in Issaquah, unincorporated King County and Seattle, as well as several cities with interlocal agreements with the county for taxicab regulation. Issaquah has signed such a pact.

The county has issued a request for proposal aimed to attract interested taxicab driver groups. The 15 new licenses will require the operators to provide services to both passengers using mobility devices and people who do not need mobility assistance. The county will accept proposals until July 8, select a provider after mid-September and then issue licenses.

Learn more about the proposal here.

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