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We’ve done the math. Fares from AAR trips are higher, on average, than street hails. Which means whether you’re doing 6 or 60 every week, you’re getting more for your effort. And this is just one of the many reasons our drivers love the program!

About the Program

The Access-A-Ride (AAR) program helps thousands of New Yorkers get where they need to go daily. ARRO and CMT are proud to partner with AAR to help keep all of NYC on the move! Here’s what you need to know:

  • AAR trips provide drivers guaranteed payments.
  • Drivers who accept more trips, get more offers!
  • Though slightly different from regular app trips, AAR trips are just as simple:
    • Trips are sent to your in-vehicle equipment
    • Once you accept, step-by-step instructions are sent to you to ensure you reach your pick-up point and final destination easily.

More questions, see below!


Yes, there are two requirements that must be met on every trip in order to successfully complete an AAR trip. The first thing you must do is check the passenger’s AAR ID. The second thing you must do is make sure you collect the AAR per-trip, cash fee, at the beginning of the trip. There is an audio message, MDT message and PIM message to alert both the passenger and driver at the beginning of every trip. If they do not have their AAR ID or the cash fee please contact us at (929) 250-0001.

Yes, AAR requires the passenger to pay a PER TRIP FEE IN CASH at the beginning of every trip. The amount will be shown to you on the MDT. If the passenger does not give you the cash fee indicated in the vehicle at the beginning of the trip please call (929) 250-0001 and let us know.

The per-trip fee must be collected by CMT on behalf of the MTA. For convenience, drivers in CMT equipped vehicles can keep the cash they collect from the passenger, and CMT will deduct the fee amount from the driver’s credit card payment.

Yes, if your AAR trip requires the use of the wheelchair function in your vehicle you will be paid a WAV bonus as well as the fare. The WAV bonus will be paid within a few days of the trip.

No, you will be paid the full fare, which is guaranteed. However, CMT will deduct the per-trip fee (on behalf of the MTA) from the driver credit card payment, in exchange for the cash the driver collects and keeps from the passenger at the beginning of every trip.

At the first sign that there is an issue with the passenger in the vehicle (AAR ID, AAR per-trip fee or anything else) please do not try to resolve with the passenger on your own but immediately call the hotline and ask for assistance (929) 250-0001.

Yes! The program is available to both Yellow and Green taxis. Normal pickup restrictions still apply for green taxis.

You may need to give assistance to the passengers on occasion. The CMT/Arro Dispatch Center will let you know if the passenger requires special assistance.

Once you arrive at the pickup location, you will need to wait at least 5 minutes from the pickup time before you can end the trip as “No Show”. On occasion we may ask you to wait longer as some passengers need extra time.

Yes. In order to receive the No-Show fee, you must first call the CMT Dispatch center (929-250-0001) and let them know the passenger is not yet there. They will attempt to contact the passenger and get them into the vehicle. If you take these steps and the passenger still does not show up, you will be paid a No-Show fee.

Call Support at (929) 250-0001 so we can coordinate the best way for you to locate the passenger.

Yes, you will be given both the pickup and drop-off location of the trip before you accept the offer.  

Passengers must be taken to the destination which is provided to you in the vehicle.   Passengers are NOT allowed to change their destination for an AAR trip. If a passenger requests a change of destination, please ask the passenger to call AAR directly and you should call the CMT Dispatch Center at (929) 250-0001 to make them aware of the situation.  

Passengers are not allowed to make stops along the way.  You should take them directly to the drop-off address provided to you on the MDT.  If a passenger makes this request please advise them to call AAR and you should alert the CMT Dispatch Center at (929) 250-0001.

No, you must stop your meter at the designated drop-off location given to you on the MDT.

You must allow the service animal in your taxi. It is illegal to deny service to any passenger regardless if whether they have a service animal or not.

You should contact CMT Customer Service: (718) 937-4444 ext. 3

Yes.  We have multiple programs, with different levels of commitment, available to eligible drivers which will allow them to make even more money from AAR trips.  Please contact us at for details.

Email for any questions or concerns.