Lyft Beats Wheelchair Users' ADA Claims After Bench Trial
By Dave Simpson (September 1, 2021, 10:58 PM EDT) -- Forcing Lyft to provide more wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the Bay Area would be administratively burdensome and riders suing the ride-hailing giant have not proven discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Wednesday in dismissing the case following a June bench trial.
The California federal judge ruled in Lyft's favor, finding that wheelchair accessible vehicles, or WAVs, cost $1500 per ride in San Francisco and even more in the two other Bay Area counties in question — Alameda and Contra Costa — thanks to their decreased density and, therefore, greater travel times between rides.
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