Incentives for Ramp Taxi Drivers

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SFMTA is committed to improving access to on-demand taxi service for wheelchair users. To achieve this, SFMTA has provided continued support of the ramp taxi program by extending funding to drivers who own and operate ramp taxis and introducing new policies that reward ramp taxi drivers who perform a high number of trips to wheelchair users. We encourage all taxi drivers to participate in the ramp taxi program and experience its benefits by taking advantage of the new programs described here.

Ramp Taxi Short Pass at SFO

Ramp Taxi drivers that meet certain wheelchair pickup goals can earn a monthly short pass at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Ramp taxi drivers can use this fast pass credential an unlimited number of times during the valid month. Only the driver who earned the fast pass can use it.
For more details, please visit us online at SFO Policy.

Ramp Taxi Vehicle Subsidy

Ramp taxi drivers interested in purchasing and operating their own ramp taxi vehicle can receive a monthly subsidy up to $600 per month. To earn this subsidy a driver must meet certain performance standards each month, such as providing at least 20 verified SF Paratransit ramp taxi wheelchair trips. Once enrolled, drivers can earn this subsidy for up to three years (36 months).
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Kevin McDonald at 415.351.7021.

Earn $10 for on All Wheelchair Trips

Earn $10 for every wheelchair trip pick up in the City, including general public and paratransit riders. Also, earn

Earn $15 on trips provided in the outlying neighborhoods and nighttime trips

Earn $15 for every wheelchair trip pick up in the outlying neighborhood* of San Francisco or for each trip completed during the nighttime (8PM – 6AM). For all other wheelchair trips, you can earn a $10 per trip incentive.

No Monthly Ramp Medallion Fee

Drivers who operate ramp medallions under a use agreement with SFMTA do not pay any monthly fees.
To qualify, drivers must meet the following qualifications:

  • Complete at least 72 paratransit wheelchair trips – OR – 120 paratransit ambulatory (non-wheelchair) trips during the last 12 months
  • Complete the four hour ramp taxi training and be in possession of a current certificate
  • Be in good standing with the SFMTA

If you have questions, please contact or call 415-646-4400.

Clean Air Grant Subsidy

To help reduce air pollution, taxi companies or medallion holders may receive a rebate up to $7,700 from SFMTA to purchase new alternative fuel Accessible Ramp Taxi Vehicles. For questions, contact or visit Clean Air Taxi Rebate.


*“Outlying neighborhoods” are defined as the lower density, primarily residential neighborhoods of San Francisco outside of the city’s business center.  The boundary for the outlying neighborhoods includes all areas west of Park Presidio and 19th Avenue as well as the areas south of Cesar Chavez and Monterey Blvd.  This include most of the Richmond, Sunset, Bayview/Hunter’s Point, Oceanview/Merced Heights/Ingleside (OMI), and Parkmerced neighborhoods.