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Ford Partners With MobilityWorks to Offer Wheelchair Access in Transit Connect Taxi

October 15, 2012

A Ford Transit Connect Taxi upfitted by MobilityWorks Commercial.
A Ford Transit Connect Taxi upfitted by MobilityWorks Commercial.

Ford is working with MobilityWorks Commercial, a national commercial van upfitter, to add wheelchair accessibility to Transit Connect taxis. The van features a rear wheelchair ramp, which helps keep passengers out of traffic, and a short, lowered ramp that’s designed to allow passengers to quickly enter and exit the vehicle. The FlexFlat ramp is designed to be quick and easy to deploy and creates a usable deck for cargo when stowed.

Ford stated that MobilityWorks Commercial completed and deployed the first Transit Connect modified for wheelchair access as a New York City taxi earlier this year. The vehicle is in service with McGuinness Management, which operates nearly 50 cabs in Manhattan, according to Ford.

The automaker added that the Transit Connect Taxi features an open architecture for ease of upfitting and to provide interior room. Ford moved the taxi model’s rear seat back three inches for added passenger comfort. The taxi model also offers 6.5 inches of ground clearance so passengers can easily step into the vehicle and additional climate control ventilation for rear-seat passenger comfort.

Ford also noted that fuel economy is a feature of the Transit Connect taxi model, which gets 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway.

“We continue to see exceptional sales for the Transit Connect since its North American launch in 2009,” said Kevin Koswick, Ford’s North American director of fleet, lease and remarketing operations. “The forthcoming introduction of the all-new Transit Connect in 2014 will further expand Ford’s leadership in this segment, offering fleet owners, taxi operators, drivers and passengers additional improvements, refinements and choices.”

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  1. 1. Melinda Grant [ October 17, 2012 @ 07:12AM ]

    Does this wheelchair accessible Transit also come as a CNG Wheelchair Accessible vehicle? I know Transit comes as CNG but wondering if it is combined. Thanks

  2. 2. Greg Basich [ October 17, 2012 @ 10:17AM ]

    Hi Melinda, I know that MobilityWorks has worked with Chrysler on a CNG taxi, so you would probably want to contact them directly to find out if they would be willing to convert a Transit Connect to CNG and adapt it for wheelchair access. Here' s a link to their site:

  3. 3. RonB [ July 22, 2014 @ 06:32AM ]

    What is the cost (aprox) for the rear entry Transit as listed in the article?

  4. 4. amin [ June 20, 2015 @ 03:41PM ]

    hi whats the cost for this to ship to canada as well thanks


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