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Made possible through a New Freedom grant and in partnership with C&H Taxi:
and Mountain State Centers for Independent Living.
Was that the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living logo I saw on a taxi in Charleston recently? Yes, it was!
If you, or someone you know, is a wheelchair user then you know that calling for a taxi is not possible in the state of West Virginia – until now.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living applied for and was awarded the New Freedom formula grant. The New Freedom grant seeks to reduce barriers to transportation services and expand transportation mobility options to individuals with disabilities beyond requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living's first partner in this venture is C&H Taxi in the greater Kanawha-Charleston area. Government funding paid for 80 percent of the vehicle's $33,000 cost, while C&H paid the 20 percent match.
Jeb Corey, CEO of C&H Taxi is a member of the Transportation Alliance. The Alliance is made up of several non-profits and transportation entities whose mission is to resolve transportation accessibility issues in the state.
Jeb Corey tells us "This is an awesome project that includes coordination between federal, state, non-profit and private entities to create a great new service that I believe will make a difference and lead to a WAVE of success."
C&H Taxi calls the van its Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle - WAVE.
Anne Weeks, President and CEO Mountain State Centers for Independent Living said, "We always hear from people with disabilities all over the state who say transportation is one of their biggest barriers. We are hopeful this is just the beginning of accessible taxi service in West Virginia."
"We are hopeful the New Freedom grants will make it possible for WAVE taxis to operate in other places across the state," she added.
While many Kanawha Alternative Transit (KRT) buses are lift-equipped, wheelchair-assisted riders must live near a bus route and have a destination along the line to make use of them. KRT vehicles are limited to pickup sites and destinations relatively close to an existing bus line, and operate only during hours KRT operates.
Wheelchair-assisted WAVE riders will have 24/7 curb-to-curb service. There are no limitations on where or when you can go.
C&H Taxi will operate the ramp-equipped Dodge Caravan van with a lowered floor on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis. View brochure.
To request a ride on the C&H Taxi WAVE just call dispatch at 304-344-4902 and one of C&H taxi's dispatchers will assist you. The current rates are $4.00 for the first mile, $2.20 for each additional mile and 35 cents per minute waiting time. Waiting time will be used while assisting passengers on and off the WAVE and during securement of all personal mobility devices. Since C&H Taxi currently only has one WAVE, service may be limited at times. Calling in advance will help C&H Taxi coordinate better service. (rates accurate as of Decmeber 2011)
*Note: Rates changes twice annually relative to cost of fuel. Check the C&H Taxi site or call 304-344-4902 for current rates.
Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and C & H Company operates its programs and services without regard to race, color and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. To find out more about our nondiscrimination obligations or to file a complaint, please contact us at 304-525-3324.