human909 wrote:You can have frequent/fast/always-proximate public transport. Pick two of the three at best.
And then compare the costs of providing an always-proximate, fully-accessible public transport system, against a public transport system that is the best for most people, and a separate gold-plated special-needs transport system for those who need it.
Are we better off providing low-floor trams, kneeling buses and wheelchair spaces on all public transport, or are we better off providing more, cheaper, faster "general purpose" public transport, and a reliable fleet of free wheelchair taxis  that can be called on by those who are unable to access the general public transport system?
I don't have an answer to that question... I'm just posing it as something that should be considered. It also raises questions of whether we should treat disabled people inclusively or exclusively, which is a social policy minefield.
 as opposed to the current system of wheelchair accessible taxis, which are notorious for failing to turn up, leaving disabled people stranded, missing medical appointments, and housebound for fear that they won't be able to get home if the taxi drivers don't feel like taking them.