Taxi operators looking for a fuel-efficient wheelchair-accessible vehicle have a new solution – Ford Transit Connect customized by MobilityWorks Commercial.
MobilityWorks Commercial is a national commercial van upfitter specializing in customizing vehicles for handicap access. A Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier, MobilityWorks Commercial recently completed and deployed the first Ford Transit Connect mobility vehicle as a New York City Taxi.
Since its introduction in 2010, Ford Transit Connect Taxi has entered service in major metropolitan areas from coast to coast.
“The strong taxi fleet sales we’ve seen for Transit Connect are proof that taxi operators are recognizing the Transit Connect for its roominess, comfort and durability,” said Len Deluca, Ford’s North American director of commercial vehicles. “A logical next step was to offer a mobility solution for taxi operators looking to comfortably and efficiently serve persons with disabilities.”
The initial Transit Connect mobility taxi was purchased and put into service by Brooklyn-based McGuinness Management, which operates nearly 50 traditional cabs in Manhattan.
“I drove it personally and found it to be a lot more comfortable than any other taxi I’ve ever driven,” said Chris Harisopoulos, general manager, McGuinness Management. “The roominess is great thing about this vehicle for both passengers and drivers… It’s just a great taxi.”
The Transit Connect mobility taxi offers a number of benefits for the ambulatory and persons with disabilities, such as a rear wheelchair ramp to keep passengers out of passing traffic lanes and a short, lowered ramp to speed up entry and exit.
The exclusive FlexFlat ramp, a strong yet lightweight manual ramp, is fast and easy to deploy. When stowed it creates a useable deck for cargo – adding convenience for drivers and passengers alike.
“The Transit Connect mobility taxi offers drivers and passengers something you can’t find in other accessible vehicles, including safety for all passengers, economical operating costs, ease of use and comfort,” said Taylor Clark, president, commercial operations, MobilityWorks.