Yesterday the Cities bullheaded plan, to go ahead with their second taxi dispatch system for those with disabilities, was rejected by Comptroller John Liu. The City submitted the contract with a company called Metro Taxi, despite their previous disability dispatch service being a unmitigated failure.
As AXS Map have reported in depth, the Cities lucrative outer-borough taxi plan (that Mayor Bloomberg is banking huge stakes of his 2013 budget on), has been stalled until they submit a detailed long term plan for accessible taxis and is approved by both; the Department of Transportation and a judge.
The official reason for rejection by the comptroller, as reported by Capital New York, included a failure to provide a number of key documents (not the first time the TLC have forgotten some ‘key’ documents)–like the small matter of proving the $150,000 payment Metro Taxi is to have made, in accordance with it’s contract.
The Bloomberg administration’s actions hardly speak of an entity that want to make New York City more inclusive. Given all the time and money spent looking at alternatives, one must wonder if even Mayor Bloomberg himself, wishes he had of chosen an accessible; “Taxi of Tomorrow” option in the first place.