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August 9, 1997 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
About 50 people in wheelchairs blocked the driveway at the Greyhound bus terminal in Center City yesterday to protest the company's failure to provide access for the handicapped to its buses. Police made no arrests.
NEWS
July 30, 2002
I have spinal muscular atrophy, which makes me wheelchair-bound. And I see a problem with wheelchair accessibility. First, in the School District of Philadelphia, the majority of the elementary schools seem to be without an elevator. That means students with disabilities have to find a different school to attend. I had to wait at least two months to attend my neighborhood school, Strawberry Mansion Middle/High School in North Philadelphia, in 2000. The school wasn't wheelchair accessible.
NEWS
January 9, 2003 | By Hannah McCullough
On Saturday, I intended to drive an old friend to the recycling center to be crushed. Our reliable companion had not lost its energy or mobility but was bored just sitting in the garage. Our friend, an $8,000 motorized wheelchair, very nearly became an innocent victim of our throwaway society. My mother, a stroke survivor with one leg and one arm, died July 23. The wheelchair had served her well, giving her daily independence and freedom, regularly and reliably, for five years.
NEWS
December 8, 1987 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
SEPTA will remove seats from rail cars on its regional line to make room for people in wheelchairs as the result of a lawsuit against the transit authority. A federal judge yesterday ordered SEPTA to make rail cars wheelchair- accessible by March 1, but a SEPTA spokeswoman said the work was already under way. SEPTA agreed to the arrangement as the result of a suit filed in March 1986 by Disabled in Action and others. DIA president Steve Margolis said the agreement means wheelchair-bound people will be able to ride commuter trains "for the first time.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | BY MARGARET GREENFIELD
Robin Palley's March 23 article about the experience of Jerry Rhoten, a Virginian in Philadelphia for medical treatment, reveals the positive attitudes and heroic achievements of this man and his doctors. However, it also shows a public attitude towards a human being so shocking that it is beyond belief! Every time I ride through Philadelphia, I am distressed at the environmental ugliness of a once-beautiful city. Now I am more than distressed at an equally ugly treatment of a man in the city of "Brotherly Love.
NEWS
April 18, 2009 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man in a motorized wheelchair was killed and two dozen SEPTA bus passengers were shaken up in a grinding crash yesterday afternoon. SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said the crash happened about 4:15 p.m. on Eighth Street just south of Girard Avenue. Maloney said it appeared that the man was crossing Eighth from the west when a westbound 47 bus was turning left onto Eighth from Girard. The crash happened near the intersection, which has a hair salon on the southwest corner and a gas station on the southeast.
NEWS
July 27, 2011 | By Alia Conley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eileen Sabel's protest signs could be seen from all angles. She had a flier taped in front on her lap and three big signs fastened on the other sides of her wheelchair. Sabel, known as "Spitfire," wants wheelchair-accessible taxicabs. Monday night, when a bus she was riding broke down, she had to steer her powered wheelchair home in the rain. "I'm not a villain," said Sabel, 61, who lives in Germantown. "It's not fair. The word is dignity . " About 200 protesters from three groups gathered Tuesday morning outside the Convention Center to demand accessible taxicabs.
NEWS
January 14, 1986 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA is seeking $12 million in damages from a Colorado manufacturing firm that SEPTA says failed to provide properly working wheelchair lifts for 150 buses. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, the SEPTA accused the firm of breaching its contract to provide the buses, breaching warranties, negligence and misrepresentation. SEPTA is seeking $2 million in compensatory damages from Neoplan USA, of Lamar, Colo., and $10 million in punitive damages. A spokeswoman for Neoplan said the firm's officials had not seen the court papers and would have no comment on the lawsuit.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND man allegedly stabbed an acquaintance five times in the leg when the victim refused to buy the man's Xbox early Sunday morning, Upper Darby police said yesterday The victim, 57, remains at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in serious condition, said Michael Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. The same man who is charged in the stabbing, Andrew Hinson, was the subject of a segment on 6ABC this summer when he claimed his wheelchair was stolen from out front of his Upper Darby home.
NEWS
March 8, 1989 | By Scott Brodeur and Catherine Ross, Special to The Inquirer
A Municipal Court judge in Glassboro yesterday dismissed a motor vehicle charge against a woman in a motorized wheelchair who local police said was driving without lights. Judge Jay R. Powell threw out the charge, determining that the wheelchair was not a vehicle and not subject to the restrictions or requirements of a motor vehicle. For Monica Himes, 34, who suffers multiple sclerosis and has lived in Glassboro for seven years, the case marked another fight with borough officials that she has won. "This is an explicit example of how society does not allow the disabled to be visible," said Himes, who has brought several civil rights cases against the borough.
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NEWS
July 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first of an anticipated 150 wheelchair-accessible taxis was put into service in Philadelphia Thursday, the Philadelphia Parking Authority said. Starting with one now, PPA's goal is to have 61 wheelchair-friendly cabs on the street by the end of this year. The target date for 150 cabs is 2021. The authority started trying sell medallions for wheelchair cabs for $475,000 each last October, but was forced to dramatically cut the price when no buyers emerged amid the uncertainty created by competition from ride-share operators such as Uber and Lyft.
NEWS
July 4, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Parking Authority on Thursday unveiled the vanguard of a new fleet of wheelchair-accessible taxi cabs coming to the city. PPA plans to put 61 of the cabs in service by the end of 2015. The goal is for 150 to be on the road by 2021. According to the advocacy group Taxis for All Philadelphia, more than 128,800 Philadelphians have an ambulatory disability, but only seven of the 1,599 taxicabs in Philadelphia are wheelchair-accessible. An eighth was added Thursday. The new cab, the product of American Mobility Transportation of Morrisville, Bucks County, resembles a small minivan with a foldout rear ramp to permit access by a wheelchair user.
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July 3, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THE PHILADELPHIA Parking Authority rolled out the first in a fleet of 150 new wheelchair-accessible taxi vans yesterday morning. For those who use wheelchairs, the development was worth the two-hour wait they'd usually endure to hail an accessible cab, said Leah Smith, a volunteer with Taxis For All Philadelphia, which advocates for wheelchair-accessible taxis. The new taxi was introduced at a news conference called yesterday by Taxis For All Philadelphia and the PPA at the PPA's Taxicab and Limo Division in Southwest Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Parking Authority board approved the sale of 23 medallions for wheelchair-accessible taxis on Thursday, and 20 other sales are pending. The medallions will be placed on new taxis that will be placed in service within the next few months. Most of the 43 sold so far at auction have been purchased by the owners or associates of Philadelphia's two biggest cab fleets, Freedom Taxi and 215-GET-A-CAB, formerly All City and Checker cabs, the PPA said. The prices for the new medallions have ranged from $80,000 in May to $110,000 this week.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
It started with a logo - something Jimmy Curran thought captured the driving belief of his life: that no one should be defined by their limitations. He sketched it on a piece of paper: [dis]ABLE . The [dis] has a strike through it. Underneath, he wrote: For all those who said I couldn't. To Curran, who has been in a wheelchair nearly all of his 26 years, the meaning was simple as it was universal: We all have limitations. And we all have the ability to disable those limits, to overcome them.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
After seven months of trying, the Philadelphia Parking Authority on Wednesday sold the first three medallions for new wheelchair-accessible cabs, at a much-discounted price of $80,000 each. The PPA attracted no buyers when it offered the medallions for a starting bid of $475,000 in October, or when it cut the price to $350,000 in January. The price for regular taxi medallions has slipped from about $500,000 to $400,000 in recent months, amid market uncertainty and the arrival of ride-share operators such as Uber and Lyft.
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE MEN with the bad legs - the one in the rickety wheelchair and the one with the cane that looks as if it might snap under his weight - are the first to be counted. Dewey Flynn, with the cane, doesn't mind the well-intentioned volunteer canvassers counting him as one of the city's homeless. He thanks them for the toiletries and the gift card for free pizza at Rosa's, the pizza joint at 11th and Chestnut that's gotten a lot of buzz for feeding the homeless. But Flynn issues a stern warning from the red metal bench where he sits in his socks near the 18th Street entrance of Suburban Station, his work boots placed neatly in front of him. "I'm not going to no shelter.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I LIKE PLUGGERS. My favorite plugger these days is pint-sized charmer Melissa Shang. Not because she sparred with American Girl, maker of dolls that bankrupt you, and lost. But because she's gonna make a believer out of those who told her no. Melissa is 11 years old, has a super-best friend named Cassidy, carefully observes what the "the cool girls" wear at school, makes fun of her dad's cellphone ineptitude and sings a heart-melting rendition of "Let it Go. " So she's practically indistinguishable from a million other sixth-grade girls in America.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Four years ago, Patricia Crebase went out to the Broad Street Run to cheer for a friend competing in the 10-mile race. "I got out on the route extra early, and I saw the wheelchair athletes go by," she said. "I just had that moment of, well, it's put up or shut up. " Crebase, an underwriter from Philadelphia, will be competing in the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday. It is her first full marathon. Crebase, 43, has MS, which was diagnosed in 1995, and she has been in a wheelchair for 10 years.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uber, the ride-sharing company that matches riders with drivers by smartphone app, will now provide connections to wheelchair-accessible vehicles in Philadelphia, it said Monday. Uber has contracted with licensed paratransit drivers who have accessible vehicles, and customers can begin using the service immediately, Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett said Monday. The announcement came one day before a legislative committee is to meet in Harrisburg to consider legislation that would permit Uber and other ride-share services to operate in Philadelphia and around the state.
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