Judge OKs NYC Taxi-Access Deal For Disabled People

NEW YORK (AP) -

A federal judge on Tuesday formally approved a deal making at least half of New York City taxis wheelchair-accessible by 2020.

Judge George Daniels called the plan one of the most significant acts of inclusion in the city since blacks were allowed to play professional baseball.

The agreement reached last year settles a lawsuit brought in 2011 by advocacy groups. It came at a time when only about 200 of the city’s more than 13,000 yellow cabs were outfitted to accommodate wheelchairs.

Wheelchair users said the  new taxis will greatly improve their lives.