The D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles has launched a pilot program to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles in service and support accessibility for residents and visitors to the District.
Under the “Union Station Fast Pass Pilot” program, top-performing taxicab drivers with WAVs are issued a Union Station Fast Pass to allow for priority entry to the front of the popular taxi line at Union Station.
“In order to build a stronger, more connected D.C., we need to ensure accessible and equitable transportation options for all of our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “This innovative pilot program is one way we hope to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles in service to ensure everyone can explore all that our city has to offer.”
Launched in late October, the program aims to reward drivers who transport passengers in WAVs, incentivize operators to increase the availability of WAV service, and provide additional income opportunities.
Since the pilot program’s launch, drivers have provided 1,096 rides, translating to almost $2,100 in additional revenue for each participating driver.