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ADVANCE Perspective: Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Cabs Cater to Individuals in Wheelchairs

Published January 16, 2012 11:02 AM by Rebecca Mayer

The focus in U.S cities is beginning to shift toward expanding transportation options for disabled visitors and residents. Joining just three other cities in the United States, Atlanta now offers a viable option for individuals in wheelchairs who want to get around the metropolitan area.

Meet the MV-1: the first true mobility vehicle.

Built by Vehicle Production Group, the fully ADA-compliant MV-1 is the first vehicle in the country to be made handicap-accessible from conception to completion, without having to be retrofitted.

Partnering with Shepherd Center, Atlanta Checker Cab has unveiled the first-of-its-kind wheelchair accessible cab in the Atlanta metropolitan area, which features the ability to transport multiple wheelchairs and passengers at the same time.

With a large side doorway and deployable ramp, the vehicle is able to pull up right next to a curb, just as a cab would.

According to Shepherd Center CEO Dr. Gary Ulicny, offering the MV-1 is another step forward not only for people in wheelchairs, but for the entire Atlanta community.

"Everyone wants Atlanta to be a destination city but that's not possible unless all visitors can access flexible transportation," shared Dr. Ulicny. "The purchase of the MV-1 is a huge step in the right direction. Now we need about 100 more."

Atlanta Checker Cab has applied for a federal grant to buy more MV-1 cabs, at around $45,000 per vehicle, and aims to have a fleet of at least 10.

Shepherd Center has developed a video that shows the cab in action.

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