From The New York Times
Accessibility as Challenge in Age of Uber
Two years ago, in Michael R. Bloomberg’s last days as mayor, he promised that by 2020, half of New York City’s yellow taxis would be accessible to people in wheelchairs and motorized scooters.
It seemed to be a triumphant chapter in a civil rights struggle that has stretched across four decades to get access to public transportation services by people who use wheelchairs. New York had been the first city in the country to make all its buses wheelchair-accessible, a change that began with a lawsuit in 1979 and was settled in 1984 by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo. The subway system began — slowly — to put elevators into stations.
Jim Weisman, the president of the United Spinal Association, brought the lawsuit against the state in 1979, and more than 30 years later, sued the city during the Bloomberg administration to require that future cabs could be used by people in wheelchairs. The last-minute decision to settle was a change of heart.