Disabled persons struggle to get around most major cities, but when you have an older city like New Orleans, it can be particularly challenging. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has announced its plans to release a new program specifically to help the disabled community members within the city get around with ease.
The program, Mobility On-Demand Vehicle Express, shortened to MOVE operates the same way that Uber and Lyft do. The system will allow disabled community members and seniors to have easy and on-demand transportation to doctors’ appointments. The leader of the Regional Transit Authority has stated that with this system the elderly and the disabled people within New Orleans can arrange for pre-scheduled pickups, as well as return trips all from an easy to use app.
As part of the RTA’s concern with adding a new transit method to help keep people safe and have easy access to doctors’ appointments, they’ve noted that the app will determine which vehicle is closest to and which vehicle is best for pickup. There will be elements ensuring that the vehicles involved can handle various disabilities and make multiple trips.
To get the program off the ground, the federal transit administration has provided $300,000 for the program. The goal is to get MOVE up and running before the end of 2020. With the difficulties experienced this year, particularly affecting those in the disabled and elderly communities, it’s clear that there’s a higher demand than ever for safe and affordable transportation.
Ideally this will help people who may be at higher risk of contracting disease avoid public transit and help those who have limited mobility get to their doctor’s appointment without relying on a family member or caretaker. You should contact our New Orleans disability lawyers today.