Uber announced a partnership with third-party transportation provider MV Transportation to increase access to wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) in six cities: New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto and Washington, DC. The goal is to drop average wait times for WAVs to 15 minutes or less in those cities.
Uber said it aims to get similar wait times for WAVs in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the next year; collectively, those eight cities account for half of all Uber trips in North America. More cities will be added in the future.
MV Transportation serves more than 110 million seniors and passengers with disabilities a year in 30 states and Canada. MV will continue to own and operate all WAVs added to the Uber platform, and Uber will invest to keep WAV trips priced similarly to an UberX trip.