Kansas City is abuzz about RideKC: Bridj, a pilot program offering a new transit option for commuters.
We’ve heard the question “How does RideKC: Bridj accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices?” While most vehicles used for Bridj service are Ford Transit vans, the fleet also includes specially designed wheelchair accessible vans called MV-1s.
The MV-1s have been available for rides since the start of the pilot program, but just got freshly branded with RideKC: Bridj. Last week, President and CEO Robbie Makinen and KCATA staff took a spin to Alphapointe, near 75th & Prospect, to show the ADA-compliant Bridj vehicle to the agency’s clients and staff. Alphapointe serves people who are blind and visually impaired.
President and CEO Robbie Makinen explains how Bridj works at Alphapointe.
The MV-1 has space for two wheelchairs, along with seating for three passengers. The ramp comes out from the passenger side of the vehicle and can be extended at two lengths. This allows for either a shorter ramp, or a longer ramp with a more gentle slope, depending on the boarding location.
If your Bridj trip requires a vehicle with a ramp, it’s easy to let us know through the app. As you book your trip, you’ll notice the accessibility symbol to your origin and destination. Tap that to contact Bridj Support, and let us know you’ll need an accessible vehicle. You can contact us via support during the trip planning, or once your ride is booked.
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A Bridj driver demonstrates how the ramp extends from the MV-1.