New York is served by three main airports, JFK, LaGuardia and Newark.Super Shuttle
provides wheelchair-accessible buses and vans between all three airports and hotels and private residences in Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) operates Access-A-Ride, a public transit service for people with disabilities.
Tourist use of Access-A-Ride requires advance registration, see the MTA website
for details. AAR vehicles cannot accommodate wheelchairs or scooters wider than 33.5 inches, longer than 51 inches and weighing more than 800 lbs. when occupied. If you want to be more spontaneous, and don’t want to have to order a ride in advance, Accessible Dispatch
is a wheelchair-accessible taxi dispatch service for pick up anywhere in Manhattan. Cabs can be ordered via phone, text, online, or using the company’s app.
It is possible for wheelchair users to get around New York using the subway and bus systems (at a reduced rate). Buses have lifts, ramps or kneeling capacity. Out of 500 subway stations, roughly 25% are accessible at a given time, depending on the day. With planning, it is possible to use the subway system to get to certain destinations, but check
wheelchair-accessible subway stations in advance for potential out of service elevators and other logisitics. Additionally, in order to use the wheelchair accessible gate at subway stations, you may need an Autogate card, which is obtained from the MTA office at 3 Stone Street in downtown Manhattan or by mail if you are a resident. Alternatively you are not required to have an Autogate card but then you will need to speak with stations agents to let you through.
You can use the MTA Trip Planner http://tripplanner.mta.info/
to map accessible routes using the MTA, just don't forget to select the "accessible trip" option.Click here
for more information about accessible New York.