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For the more than 80,000 Austinites with disabilities, getting around isn’t always easy. Reliable transportation remains one of the largest challenges for those in the disability community. After months of working closely with trailblazers in the community to better understand their transportation needs, we are excited to announce the launch of a new pilot program, UberACCESS. UberACCESS allows those who need an extra hand or even a wheelchair accessible vehicle in Austin to request a ride at the tap of a button 24 hours a day. And at the same rates of uberX, UberACCESS is much less expensive than a taxi. Boone Blocker, a native Texan, transportation specialist, BBQ expert, Longhorns fan and music lover, marked the official launch of uberACCESS today as our Rider Zero. “For universal transportation, uberACCESS is a game changer,” said Boone. “No matter who you are, how you get around, or where you are, an Uber can now get you to your destination safely, reliably and affordably.”
Chase Bearden, the Director of Advocacy for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) a statewide cross disability advocacy organization, applauded the launch of UberACCESS in Austin. “The freedom for all to work, live, learn, play, and participate fully in one’s community of choice is written directly into our mission at CTD,” said Chase. “We seek out opportunities to encourage policy that increases independence and access for Texans with disabilities. UberACCESS is one of those opportunities, where we can work together to create a more robust and reliable transportation system that meets the needs of everyone.” This pilot program is just the beginning. As we continue to innovate to further increase mobility for all riders, we want to hear from you. Let us know about your Uber experience and how we can enhance our service for Central Texans.