City announces 24-hour wheelchair accessible taxi service

The City of Minneapolis announced Wednesday that five local companies have agreed to provide wheelchair accessible taxi service. 

Under the program, which went into effect Feb. 1, services would run 24 hours a day and at the same rate as other licensed services.

There are currently 23 wheelchair accessible taxicabs under the program. The participating taxi companies are Airport Taxi with seven vehicles, Yellow Taxi with seven vehicles, Green and White Taxi with six vehicles, Minneapple Taxi with two vehicles and La Mexicana Taxicab with one vehicle. 

An annual license surcharge from non-participating taxi companies and Transportation Network Companies, such as UberX and Lyft, created an incentive fund to provide reduced license fees for participating companies. 

The specialty vehicles are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and accept all credit cards. Drivers were also trained on how to use the new cars.