People with disabilities have the right to the same modes of transportation as people without disabilities. For the vast majority of Americans, their preference is door-to-door transportation without the need to switch modes of transportation-- in other words, a personal conveyance device, also known as a car. With the rise in popularity of Lyft and Uber for the general population, those options need to be accessible AND SAFE for people with disabilities. Current barriers to TNC's include safety considerations. For that barrier to be overcome, people with disabilities need to be able to select rides from drivers who have undergone an additional level of background checks and to also have a viable way to select from a small group of pre-screened drivers rather than getting a new stranger every time they request a ride. In addition, public funding for transportation needs to include the option of covering the cost of rides on TNC's. Finally, once the technology permits widespread use of autonomous vehicles, people with disabilities need access to that option.
Idea No. 320