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letters | THE RIDE SEES DECLINE IN RIDERSHIP

Enlarging fleet of accessible cabs could be a solution

RE “THE Ride less ridden after increase in fare” (Page A1, Feb. 2): Boston should expand the number of accessible taxicabs and develop a centralized dispatch system that provides seamless door-to-door service. Today, there are only 78 accessible cabs in the city, a mere 4 percent of the 1,825 cabs with medallions and a far cry from London’s fully accessible fleet.

By using tech-savvy services such as Accessible Dispatch, which serves New York City and allows people to digitally hail accessible cabs through mobile apps or over the phone, Boston’s cab fleet could become an integrated part of an accessible transit network. This could reduce the per-ride costs associated with The Ride while ensuring that all Bostonians receive reliable, affordable service.

Andrew L. Kalloch

New York

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