Public transportation is necessary for many folks. For others, it might be a way to save a few bucks, skip traffic, or help the environment. Whatever the case, the safety risks loom larger for people with disabilities. Rideshares bring similar safety concerns, too.
This guide covers various approaches people with disabilities can take, whether they ride buses, subways, Uber, Lyft, or something else entirely. We’ll offer ideas to improve communication, physical protection, technology, and much more.
Accessibility is a big theme throughout since a lack of accessibility means a lack of safety. In fact, almost a quarter of U.S. transit stations are not accessible. While some officials are aware of the problem, progress is slow. It was just in 2022 that the U.S. Department of Transportation committed to several priorities for making public transportation facilities more accessible.1