TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! QUESTIONS ON BLAST CONCERNING KANSAS CITY YELLOW CAB FEES AND PASSENGERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS!!!
Last year Kansas City faced a lawsuit for supporting what critics complained was a "monopolistic" taxi permit system.
Basic economics teaches us that consumers suffer under monopolies and the lack of competition unduly raises prices. Sadly, free market capitalism is becoming mostly a myth in the bi-state area as big business i.e. white welfare corporate moochers become almost totally dependent on taxpayer subsidy.
But I digress . . .
Right now AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS have a question that should shine a light on an overlooked transit issue concerning accessibility. It seems that while Kansas City politicos and hipsters are busy advocating for a $100 Million toy train in front of coffee houses and shopping centers, there is a financial dilemma regarding transit for those who need wheelchair access that's far more important to the local quality of life.
KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS ARE CALLING INTO QUESTION THE FEE STRUCTURE FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FROM A KANSAS CITY TAXI COMPANY ENDORSED AND OFTEN SUPPORTED BY CITY HALL!!!
Check the testimony . . .
"How is it that Billy George can charge wheelchair passengers $65.00 for a ride? When ADA clearly states that you can not charge a different rate because someone is disabled. Happens everyday at Yellow Cab."
Now, we did more than a bit of investigating and got in touch with A TOP KANSAS CITY INSIDER on the subject.
Here's what he said:
"This is a fact. He charges $65 EACH WAY for an accessible cab. The only other option is bus service or Share-a-Fare, which must be booked 24 hours in advance and which requires pre-qualifying."
And here's a perspective on what bigger, better and more important cities are doing in similar situations:
"Washington D.C. taxis providing wheelchair access cost at the same rate. No special fee."
One more example that puts this Kansas City transit question in perspective . . .
"NYC has a special program using GPS to dispatch one of their 233 accessible yellow cabs to customers with special needs. Drivers will be paid up to $15 for the trouble from the taxi fee kitty, but the rate among passengers stays the same."
Finally, factor in ALL of the costs for those with special needs in Kansas City who don't have many alternatives for transit.
"Let's not forget there's also a mileage restriction on the $65 fare AND special needs riders factor in a tip just like everyone else."
Kansas City Taxi Cab Dude Bill George could not be reached at the time of this post was published but we're more than willing to post his side of the story as well.
In the meantime, this question and concern about wheelchair access among Kansas City's best and brightest reveals that a great deal of local transit advocating has forgotten those with special needs.
DEVELOPING . . .
UPDATE . . . WE HAVE MORE INFO ON THIS STORY ALONG WITH AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW THAT NOTES UPCOMING ACCESSIBILITY NEWS!!! STAY TUNED!!!