Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, first President of the United States and Founding Father. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the District. Washington’s metropolitan area, the country’s sixth largest, had a 2017 estimated population of 6.2 million residents. All three branches of the U.S. federal government are centered in the District: Congress (legislative), president (executive), and the U.S. Supreme Court (judicial). Washington is home to many national monuments, and museums, primarily situated on or around the National Mall. Washington wheelchair access is of a high standard, providing an inclusive environment for the national capital.
San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era. The Greater San Antonio metro area has a population of 2.5 million. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13. The city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. San Antonio wheelchair access is of a high standard.
San Antonio has several taxi companies with accessible cabs. These include Yellow Cabs and San Antonio Wheelchair Taxi. Yellow Cab accessible taxis feature lowered floor entry access and passengers with wheelchairs measuring 31 inches or less do not need to transfer out of their wheelchair. When booking a ride, wheelchair users need to request an accessible cab.
Dallas is the ninth most-populous city in the U.S. and the largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States. Dallas and nearby Fort Worth initially developed due to the construction of major railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle, and later oil in North and East Texas. Dallas then developed as a strong industrial and financial center and a major inland port, due to the convergence of major railroad lines, interstate highways, and the construction of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. Dallas wheelchair access allows visitors to fully enjoy the charms of this modern forward thinking city.
Using DART people with a disability can get around by bus, train or a combination of both.
All DART buses and trains meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, offering wheelchair lifts and other features to accommodate riders with disabilities. Detailed access information is available at https://www.dart.org/riding/accessibility.asp
Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,115,827. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community. The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the city’s many musicians and live music venues, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. Austin wheelchair access is first rate!
All buses and trains provide accessibility for riders with disabilities. If you use a wheelchair or other mobility device and need assistance, our operators can help. If you’d like to practice using the ramp or securing your chair, schedule an appointment by calling their Travel Training department at 512-369-6083. More info @ https://www.capmetro.org/wheelchair/
Phoenix is also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 11th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.73 million people as of 2017. Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. It became the capital of Arizona Territory in 1889. In in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a hot desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a thriving farming community with many of the original crops, such as alfalfa, cotton, citrus, and hay, remaining important parts of the Phoenix economy for decades. Cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper were known locally as the “Five C’s” of Phoenix’s economy. These industries remained the driving forces of the city until after World War II, when high-tech companies began to move into the valley and air conditioning made Phoenix’s hot summers more bearable.
Philadelphia, often known just as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The city has been coterminous with Philadelphia County, the most populous county in Pennsylvania and the urban core of the eighth-largest U.S. metropolitan statistical area, with over 6 million residents. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the Second Continental Congress, and the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. The city is known for its arts, culture, cuisine, and colonial history, attracting 42 million domestic tourists in 2016 who spent US$6.8 billion, generating an estimated $11 billion in total economic impact in the city and surrounding four counties of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia wheelchair access is quite good, allowing all to participate in the civic life of the city and the nation.
Philadelphia’s subway consists of two lines, the Broad Street Line (BSL) and Market-Frankford Line (MFL). Only a portion of BSL and MFL stations are wheelchair accessible. The BSL and MFL makes connections with the city’s subway-surface trolley lines, but these are not wheelchair accessible due to the age of the trolley vehicles used.
The Big Bus Company makes it easy to get around Philadelphia using their wheelchair accessible Hop-on Hop-off tour buses. You can enjoy hassle-free transportation, while listening to an audio tour during the journey.
Private Vehicle Rental
There are two companies we are aware of.
Mobility Works 925 South Trooper Rd. Norristown, PA 19403 Phone: 610-666-9100 Visit Website
Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals 3520 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, PA 19129 Phone: 717-932-6060 Visit Website
Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States. The Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous statistical area in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after Dallas-Fort Worth. With a total area of 1,620 km2 Houston is the largest city in the United States by total area. Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Nicknamed the “Space City”, Houston is a global city, with strengths in culture, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U.S. Houston wheelchair access is of a high standard indeed. This allows you to enjoy Houston’s many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District.
San Francisco is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is also part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA with 10 million people. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. After World War II, the confluence of returning servicemen, significant immigration, liberalizing attitudes, along with the rise of the “hippie” counterculture, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement growing from opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States. Politically, the city votes strongly along liberal Democratic Party lines.
New York City (NYC) is the most populous city in the United States, with the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world’s most populous megacities, with an estimated 20.5 million people. The city’s fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy. Situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which is a separate county of the State of New York. The five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island – were consolidated into a single city in 1898. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
All buses are 100 percent accessible. Many feature on-boarding ramp.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers reduced fares on its subways, buses, and commuter railroads to customers with disabilities.
These web pages include detailed information about reduced fare programs and a variety of other ADA-accessible services MTA agencies provide. Click on the menu links on the left to find out more about these services, as well as paratransit programs. You may also find the “Useful Phone Numbers” link a quick and convenient reference source.
Features of Accessible Stations
In improving services to individuals with disabilities, the MTA identified stations where compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) would benefit the most people, analyzing such factors as high ridership, transfer points, and service to major areas of activity. These stations were given priority in our station-renovation program. We are continuing to expand accessibility features to more and more locations.
These stations have features that improve accessibility for customers with visual, hearing, and mobility disabilities, as specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Their features include:
elevators or ramps
handrails on ramps and stairs
large-print and tactile-Braille signs
audio and visual information systems
accessible station booth windows
accessible MetroCard® Vending Machines
accessible service entry gates at subway stations
platform-edge warning strips
platform gap modifications or bridge plates to reduce or eliminate the gap between trains and platforms
telephones at an accessible height with volume control, and text telephones (TTYs)
accessible restrooms at commuter rail stations with restrooms (not all station buildings have restrooms)
In some stations, ramps constructed prior to the adoption of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines may not meet current ADA standards for slope, landing and handrail requirements. On commuter rail lines, some ticket offices and restrooms are not accessible by wheelchair. More @ http://web.mta.info/accessibility/
The City of Los Angeles is the most populous city in California and the second most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of the West Coast. Nicknamed the “City of Angels” partly because of its name’s Spanish meaning, Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood, and the entertainment industry, and sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is also the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. Los Angeles wheelchair access is very good. This allows people with a disability to enjoy this economic powerhouse. The city has a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is also famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry.
All Metro Rail lines are accessible to persons in wheelchairs. Every station has either a walkway/ramp or elevator from the street to the platform. In the event of an elevator outage at your station, you may take a bus to the next station for free.
1. Boarding and exiting the train – It’s recommended, but not required, that persons in wheelchairs back into and out of rail cars to avoid problems with the gap between the platform and the rail car. Each rail car can accommodate two to four wheelchairs. The door nearest the designated wheelchair location is marked with the wheelchair symbol. If you cannot use the designated wheelchair area, avoid blocking the doors or the train operator’s cab door.
2. Securement on the train – There are no securement devices on rail cars. Passengers using mobility devices should use one of the handholds inside the rail cars and set the brakes or turn off the power on their chairs while riding Metro Rail.
3. Turnstiles – Many station entrances have turnstiles for validating TAP cards. Please use the entrance designed for persons with disabilities, located on the left and marked with the wheelchair symbol. If you’re unable to tap your card at the turnstile, please use the hands-free intercom (see below).
A valid TAP card is required at turnstiles, including wheelchair-accessible gates. Riders who need assistance can use the hands-free intercom.
Approach the intercom near the turnstiles; a red light will come on when the hands-free sensor detects you.
An attendant’s voice will come through the speaker and an amber light will turn on.
Speak to attendant to confirm you require assistance or wait for the next light.
When a green light turns on, proceed to the wheelchair-accessible gate and the attendant will remotely open it for you.
Accommodations for Riders with Vision Impairments
Braille and tactile signs that identify the station are posted at station entrances. Additional signs are posted in all subway stations on the sides of stairs and escalators near the platform to indicate the direction the train is traveling.
Take care when approaching the edge of the platform. Textured flooring is installed on all platform edges to alert passengers with visual impairments. In addition, flexible yellow warning poles are installed on platforms to block the gaps between the rail cars when trains are in the station.