Q: When I travel, getting to my destination is only half the problem. What options do I have for wheelchair accessible transportation (other than a rental van) once I’m at the airport?
A: Fortunately, there are extensive resources available within the United States, but making a reservation ahead of time is always advised. Super Shuttle is a nationwide airport shuttle service providing ADA-compliant accessible transportation to and from more than 30 airports and over 50 cities. GO Airport Shuttle is a cooperative global network of locally owned airport shuttle service providers. Member countries include the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Scotland, and Spain. However, accessible vehicles cannot be booked through GO’s online reservation system. Customers with disabilities are advised to contact GO directly for details.
For public transit and paratransit services, resources for the top five busiest U.S. airports are ranked by Airport Council International’s passenger traffic data. (2009 is the most recent year for which complete traffic statistics have been compiled.) Local accessible public transit services and paratransit services (advance-reservation, shared-ride, door-to-door transportation for those who are unable to use public transit) have been included for each city airport listed. ADA travelers’ regulations guarantee a minimum of 21 days of paratransit ridership privileges per year to any visiting passenger who is a registered user of another paratransit service.
1) Atlanta — Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport claims to be the world’s busiest airport. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) features accessibility throughout its public bus/rail system, as well as an advance-reservation paratransit service called MARTA Mobility.