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King County and the City of Seattle have received requests to increase the number of wheelchair accessible taxis (WAT) to better meet consumer demand. The area’s population and tourism have significantly in the past several years, resulting in longer taxi response times. Thus, the County and City will award 25 new dual WAT medallions through a request for proposal (RFP) process.

Some key aspects of this RFP are that each awardee:

  • Must put a new (unused) wheelchair accessible vehicle into service (the County and City will contribute a combined total of up to $5,000 per year toward this expense for up to 5 years)  
  • Must drive the vehicle herself or himself
  • Cannot lease or transfer the medallion for 3 years

Review the full RFP

For complete details on qualification, application, and service requirements, please review the full RFP.

Please email questions to Vicki Nakamichi.

 

Requirements

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WAT Certification

Proposers must have WAT certification or an equivalent certification and the ability to obtain WAT certification if awarded.

25 Points

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Driving Record

Proposers must meet or exceed the at-fault collision and moving violation standards. Points are deducted for each incident in the past 5 years.

150 Points

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Conduct Record

Proposers must meet or exceed code violation and passenger complaint standards. Points are deducted for each incident in the past 5 years.

175 Points

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Experience

Points are awarded based on the number of years of experience the Proposer has as a taxi, for-hire, or TNC licensed/permitted driver and transporting individuals using mobility devices.

150 Points

 

 Total Points Possible:

 500

Important Dates

  • Attend the pre-proposal conference at 11:00 a.m. on December 19, 2018
  • Submit your application materials by 2:00 p.m. on January 17, 2019
  • If awarded a medallion in the first round, put your new WAT vehicle into service by May 1, 2019
  • If awarded a medallion in the second round, put your new WAT vehicle into service by July 1, 2019

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Vehicle and Vessel Licensing
206-477-4000
Taxi, For-Hire, and TNC Licensing
206-263-1982
Email us:
forhiredriver@kingcounty.gov
Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday