Ride Sharing Comes, Taxis Leave
In Corpus Christi the local taxi company had WAVs, but when Uber and Lyft started here, the taxi company decided to stop offering the service

[“Uber: Does the Transportation Revolution Include Us?” May 2016]. They claimed that the competition from the ride sharing forced them to cut costs. After the city passed a law requiring a fingerprint check, the ride sharing companies left town. The city’s bus service for wheelchair users is unreliable. So now there is no transportation for wheelchair users. I am restricted to going only as far as I can in my power wheelchair, about one mile.
John Ralph
via newmobility.com

Cool OpenTaxi App
In Chicago, they have the OpenTaxi app, which allows you to arrange for a wheelchair accessible taxi through your iPhone and see the cab on a map as it approaches your location. Pretty cool.
John Hauschildt
via newmobility.com

Hand-Control Rentals Denied
Two years ago we attempted to rent an accessible van with hand controls from MobilityWorks, which had bought out Nor-Cal Mobility, where we had previously rented accessible vans on more than one occasion [“Where Have All the Rental Vans Gone?” Bully Pulpit, May 2016]. We were told that they did not have any rental vans with hand controls available. When we inquired further, they insisted that due to insurance regulations they can no longer rent vans with hand controls. We asked about this at the Abilities Expo later that year, and were fed the same line.

Being determined to rent an accessible vehicle that we could both drive for our trip to southern California that year, we contacted a number of commercial car rental companies. Hertz was able to rent us a car with hand controls which they installed for us at no extra charge. This vehi