Your Wheelchair-Accessible Vehicle Has Arrived

Uber’s mission is to connect everyone to safe, reliable rides that arrive within minutes at the tap of a button. Today, we’re excited to move closer to that mission in Philadelphia with the addition of an important new product. vehicles

Wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAV) are now available in the Uber app in Philly

WAV connects riders with licensed paratransit drivers and curb-to-curb service in vehicles that are equipped with ramps or lifts. Philly riders requiring a WAV now have access to the same on-demand transportation technology that millions of Uber riders already love in over 200 cities and 45 countries worldwide.


  • OPEN your Uber app
  • SLIDE your button under ‘WAV’ at the bottom of the screen
  • SET your location and request
  • ENJOY your ride


Bottom half phoneHistorically, transportation options throughout Philadelphia have been severely limited for people with disabilities. There are 1,600 taxi medallions that support a city of 1.5 million people. Of these, only a small number are wheelchair-accessible.

There are paratransit vans, but reserving one often requires days of advanced notice. Planning a trip to school, the mall, or a doctor’s appointment can be a major challenge. Even with 45 more wheelchair-accessible medallion taxis being added later this year, overall transportation options in Philly will still grossly under-serve the community of people who need a WAV.

Uber is excited to make a dramatic difference in many Philadelphians’ lives by providing a wheelchair-accessible option for safe, reliable, and on-demand travel.



Typical Vehicle Type Dodge Grand Caravan,
Honda Odyssey,
Ford Transit Connect
Number of Docking Locations for a Rider in a Wheelchair 1
Number of Ambulatory Rider Seats 3
Total Number of Riders 4
Ramp or Lift Capacity 450 lbs
Ramp or Lift Usable Width 29+ inches
Entrance Height 54+ inches
Rates Comparable to uberX ** $1.25 base, $5.25 minimum

* WAVs are specifically meant for riders in wheelchairs and their companions.
** Fares are calculated based on time and mileage. Learn about our in-app fare estimator HERE


“A secure and trouble-free way to travel the city should be an option for all Philadelphians. There is a vital need for greater access for people who use wheelchairs. Uber has a vision to provide equal access and accessibility to transportation for all Philadelphians with disabilities. This will create an incredibly positive change for our community and provide a variety of accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities in our city.”

— Chuck Horton, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities

“We applaud Uber’s innovative approach to convenient and safe transportation for riders who use wheelchairs in Philadelphia who have been previously underserved for so long. As a group passionate about opening up social and economic opportunities for the disabled community, we welcome Uber’s efforts to create positive change with open arms.”

— Tom Earle, CEO of Liberty Resources



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