Date: Oct 31, 2008
Press Release Number: 124-2008
Starting Monday, accessible taxicabs will get priority dispatching at John F. Kennedy International Airport under a joint pilot program of the Port Authority, the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations, and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "We're pleased to join the Mayor's Office and the Taxi and Limousine Commission in making it easier for our customers to find accessible cabs at JFK. Participating in this priority dispatching program is part of the Port Authority's ongoing campaign to enhance customer service at all of our airports."
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "Finding an accessible cab is a challenge even in the best of circumstances. We're glad to do anything we can to make it easier for our customers who rely on these cabs to get them when they need them. I want to thank the City's Taxi and Limousine Commission for partnering with us on this new initiative."
New York City Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew W. Daus said, "While New York City has more wheelchair accessible taxicabs than any city in the nation, it takes programs like this one, and our 311 Accessible Dispatch Program, to ensure that this important resource is maximized. We are pleased to be partnering with the Port Authority to make this valuable service available to travelers who use wheelchairs, while providing an equally valuable opportunity for the drivers of accessible taxicabs."
The program was created as an incentive to encourage taxicab drivers to provide service to people with disabilities. Accessible taxicabs carry a logo that adapts the traditional handicapped-accessible image to feature a seated person hailing a cab. The logos are displayed on the front hood of cabs participating in the program.
More information is available at www.nyc.gov/tlc.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Jennifer Friedberg, 212 435-7777
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
Allan Fromberg, 212 676-1013
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.