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Freedom Ride Accessible Taxi Program

Freedom Ride Accessible Taxi Program! Serving Hartford and New Haven areas.

Hartford Info.:
The Freedom Ride Accessible Taxi Program is a partnership between Yellow Cab Company and Greater Hartford Transit District, designed to accommodate individuals in the greater Hartford area who need flexibility and accessibility in transportation options beyond the existing ADA paratransit service area and hours. The program is funded through the FTA New Freedom grant program and is administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The voucher program extends beyond the ADA paratransit service area and hours by providing a pre-paid taxi voucher card at a 50% reduced price to people defined as having a disability under the ADA regulations. The voucher may be used for taxi trips that go beyond the ADA service area, during times that ADA paratransit is not available and for same day service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Individuals are encouraged to call Yellow Cab Company at 860-666-6666 at least one hour in advance; however, reservations may be made up to 24 hours in advance. For persons who use TTY, it is recommended that the 711 relay service be used to call Yellow Cab for a reservation or with any questions. The individual must state they need a wheelchair accessible vehicle when they call. Personal Care Attendants may ride for free with an individual who requires assistance as long as the attendant starts and ends their ride with the voucher holder. Service animals are allowed. Towns within the service area include: Berlin, Bloomfield, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor and Windsor Locks. Freedom Ride trips must originate and/or end in one of these towns. We ask that you review and post the attached Freedom Ride Notice. For additional information please see the Greater Hartford Transit District website at: www.hartfordtransit.org

New Haven area:
The New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program offers passengers with disabilities a 50 percent discount from the normal cab rate. Those who need wheelchair accessibility can now use Metro Taxi’s Accessible Service, the State’s first wheelchair-accessible taxi service. Metro Taxi’s Accessible Service, offered by Metro Taxi, has an expansive service area so Greater New Haven Transit District passengers are able to travel beyond current GNHTD boundaries. The New Freedom Fund Taxi Voucher Program utilizes taxicabs, so service hours are around-the-clock, 365 days a year, and are not subject to 24 hour prior notice as required by paratransit booking. To be eligible, an individual must meet the definition of “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Greater New Haven Transit District staff will interview individuals for eligibility. Applications and program details are included on the GNHTD website: www.gnhtd.org.

A primary responsibility of the Council is to develop and administer a three year strategic plan known as the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The “SPIL” details Council’s plans, advocating, and financially supporting independent living initiatives for individuals with disabilities.