Commuting in the city as a disabled individual can be a nightmare for a number of reasons -- many of which are addressed by the Alert-A-Ride app. Similar to Uber, "riders to track their vehicle on a map and to set proximity-based alerts, giving them a clear idea of how far away their rides are. [Alert-A-Ride] will even log trip histories, making it easier to accessing frequent address," writes Fast Co Design.
Alert-A-Ride was developed by SVA grad Meghan Lazier for her MFA thesis project in the Design for Social Innovation department. Since many disabled citizens have to go through a lengthy application process to access paratransit services that have to be reserved up to two days in advance -- and only promise to arrive within 30 minutes of the scheduled time, Alert-A-Ride would make life easier for many.