There are many ways to get around New York City. Unfortunately, those options are limited for wheelchair users, but don't fret. We've listed a few options below that each provide completely different experiences at different price points.
Different Wheelchair Transportation Services in NYC
New York City has improved it's accessibility to wheelchairs users over the years, but is still extremely limitied. In most cases you need to be near a major station in order to board the subway. Even then, you have navigate around according to where the elevator happens to be placed. I wouldn't recommend this method of travel to any wheelchair user - especially if you're visiting.
Access-a-Ride is a city run para-transit system. You can call 877-377-2017 two days before your scheduled trip and a driver will pick you up in either a WAV minivan or a Yellow Cab MV-1. These vehicles serve their purpose and get you from A to B but that's about it. Normally, you'll find the ride to be very noisy from the in-board ramp clanking around inside. The vehicles aren't very discreet and can draw attention as well. It is lower cost than the next option and definitely a much better than public transportation.
3) Luxury MV-1
This is the option we at Brilliant Transportation offer. We call our vehicle the Mobility Van. That's the solution it provides (mobility) versus a physical description of the vehicle itself (wheelchair accessible). Not only is the Brilliant Mobility Van incredibly gorgeous, luxurious and comfortable, but also it feels and rides much more similar to a luxury sedan than a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. In fact, even the access to and from the van is a superior experience. The vehicle features a side entry ramp that slides from beneath the van chassis when stowed. One does not have to ride with a rattling hunk of metal inside the passenger cabin like most Access A Ride vehicles. And, we’ve upgraded our van to include a Jumpseat so a caregiver can ride next to the wheelchair to provide care and support while enroute. So, the journey itself is a very pleasant and brilliant experience. We can standby throughout your day providing you the mobility to go anywhere you want in the city at any time.