But we should feel ashamed that only 23 percent of stations are accessible to riders with disabilities, young parents with strollers and our elderly.
According to a report by State Senator Michael Gianaris, New York City ranks last among major city transportation systems in terms of accessibility. The Metro in Los Angeles, the WMATA in Washington, DC, and the BART in San Francisco all have fully accessible stations.
Granted, the MTA runs a century-old system with 469 stations –– by far the most among transit systems. But there should be more than just 111 stations with elevators and other ADA-accessible features.
As New Yorkers, we should feel humiliated that the G train only has one station that’s accessible. We should be embarrassed that commuters with disabilities can only get on the R train at 10 out of 45 stations.
Straphangers should come together with transit and disability rights advocates to demand better from the MTA and the public official who has the ultimate say over this: Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Yes, the MTA does have a billion-dollar elevator program underway, but that should have been prioritized over the Enhanced Station Initiative. In Astoria, for example, that program won’t even bring elevators to the four stations being refurbished.
In order to truly be the best mass transit system in the country, the MTA needs to be accommodating of all passengers. That starts at the top with Cuomo.
Riders, if you’re frustrated with the lack of accessibility, lack of reliability and lack of services, start organizing to put pressure on the governor. He needs to hear your voices.