Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Service now Available in Greater Helena!!

Update from Les Clark:


Capitol Taxi has begun providing rides with wheelchair lift-equipped vans in the Helena area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!! One of the first riders was able to go to the Diamond Rio concert without her parents and get her wheelchair autographed!

Folks with mobility challenges in Helena can now get to events, medical appointments, shopping and visiting the kids without the hassle of driving a vehicle or asking for a ride for just the cost of a taxi ride! Any time, any day!

Capitol Taxi can be reached at (406) 449-5525, 24 hours a day including holidays.
This service is part of a demonstration project developed through the collaborative efforts of the Montana Independent Living Project (MILP), Helena Area Transportation Service (HATS) and Capitol Taxi to expand public transportation options for individuals with mobility challenges.

Until June 30th, 2014, HATS, when unable to schedule individuals requesting curb to curb service with a satisfactory ride time, will refer them to MILP’s Mobility Manager (Les Clark).  The Mobility Manager will offer financial assistance for a taxi ride through a Premium Ride Voucher program, lowering the cost to $3 per ride.
For those requesting accessible taxi services during the times that HATS is not operating (holidays, weekends and afterhours) financial assistance is also available.  Please contact Montana Independent Living Project’s Mobility Manager, Les Clark at (406) 438-3019 during the hours of 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for Premium Ride Vouchers that will lower the per ride cost to $3.

The vans have been checked out, the drivers trained and the vouchers printed.  For more information read and print out our attachment titled “How The Accessible Taxi Voucher Option Works” [pictured below, click to enlarge].

Les Clark
MILP/ Helena
Independent Living Specialist
825 Great Northern Bvld. Suite 105
Helena, MT. 59601

“Promoting Independence for People with Disabilities”