Queens pol’s report rates subway line accessibility
by Benjamin Fang
Jul 25, 2018 | 3663 views | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When it comes to accessibility, New York City’s subway system is dead last.

That’s according to a report released by State Senator Michael Gianaris, who rated the accessibility of each subway line. Altogether, there are only 111 ADA-accessible stations out of 469 total stations, good for just 23 percent.

Mass transit systems in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles all have 100 percent accessible subways stations.

“It is unacceptable and embarrassing for New York to be the worst in the nation in subway accessibility,” Gianaris said in a statement.

According to the report, the 7 express and Q trains are two of the most accessible lines, with 50 and 41 percent of their stations equipped with accessible features, respectively. The 2 train also has 19 accessible stations, the most of any line.

The G train, however, ranks last in percentage of accessible stations at 4 percent. The only ADA-accessible station on that line is the Church Street stop in Brooklyn. Other lines with poor percentages include the L, W and Z trains.

Gianaris issued a set of recommendations to make the system more accessible for all riders. His first suggestion is fully funding the MTA’s Fast Forward plan, whether it’s through congestion pricing or a millionaire’s tax, as the state senator has proposed.

He also recommends developing an MTA for All access plan that puts accessibility “at the forefront” of every subway station capital project.

Lastly, Gianaris called for the inclusion of elevators at all Enhanced Station Initiative (ESI) plans moving forward. The ESI program renovated subway stations, though lawmakers have criticized it for being merely cosmetic.

“For New York to thrive, it must have an MTA for all,” he said, “where everyone can access the subway system to get to work, school and around our city.”
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