M7 is the driving effort to give people with disabilities more freedom and at the same price structure
Those who need wheelchair accessibility can now use M7’s accessible service, the State’s first wheelchair-accessible taxi service.
- Offers passengers with disabilities a 50 percent discount from the normal cab rate
- Passengers in Greater New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford Transit Districts are able to travel beyond current boundaries
- Around-the-clock service, 365 days a year
- Not subject to 24 hour prior notice as required by paratransit booking.
The New Freedom Fund Initiative
The New Freedom Fund Initiative (NFI), introduced in 2001, is a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses.
Today, there are more than 54 million Americans living with a disability, representing a full 20 percent of the U.S. population. Under the Federal Department of Transportation, The New Freedom (5317) formula grant program aims to provide additional tools to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the workforce and full participation in society. Lack of adequate transportation is a primary barrier to work for individuals with disabilities.
The 2000 Census showed that only 60 percent of people between the ages of 16 and 64 with disabilities are employed. The New Freedom Fund formula grant program seeks to reduce barriers to transportation services and expand the transportation mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.