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Ride Share Services

Get a ride wherever you need to go

What does it do?

Ride shares are a convenient alternative to using public transportation or paratransit services. They can help you get to work, appointments, and social activities.

Making a “Transportation Plan” at can help you decide what parts of your routine you might want to use ride share services for.

What ride share services are there?


Uber wants to make getting around easy for everyone. You can accept whatever car is closest, or you can request a wheelchair accessible van (UberWAV) or a Pet Friendly Ride to meet your needs. Find these features in the Choose a ride option, under the More section by scrolling down.

Know your rights: drivers cannot refuse to transport you because of a mobility device (such as a foldable walker that would fit in their car) or a service animal. See Uber’s policy on service animals and assistive devices online or in the app by selecting “Accessibility” from the help menu.


Lyft wants to give all access to rides and has made it easy to do so with their services. Access rides (LyftWAV) can be found in Settings and tapping on Wheelchair access to activate it. Wheelchair accessible vans are available in: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto. If you are traveling in another city, Lyft can direct you to another transportation service that can help.

Know your rights: drivers cannot refuse to transport you because of a mobility device (such as a foldable walker that would fit in their car) or a service animal. You can read Lyft’s wheelchair policy and accessibility tips as well as their service animal policy.


ModivCare, which used to be called LogistiCare, helps get you to all your health-related appointments. Talk to your doctor about it, as it is free if you receive medical assistance. Your doctor can complete a special form to get you the free ride share service. If you are able to take public transportation, MotivCare can send you transit passes by mail to go to your medical appointments. ModivCare allows you to schedule for multiple rides, 30 days at a time. Rides can be set on the website or by phone. Please tell the service agent if you use a service or emotional support animal so they can accommodate.

Urgent medical rides can be made with about 4-5 hours’ notice based on the time of the request.

Related Apps

  • Uber (iOS and Android)
  • Lyft (iOS and Android)
Black and white icon of a car over the outline of a smartphone.

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

ride share services near me, wheelchair accessible transit

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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