MIDTOWN — New York’s subway system is the least accessible within the nation for individuals with disabilities, in response to a pair of sophistication-motion lawsuits filed Tuesday towards the MTA.
Almost eighty % of subway stations are inaccessible to individuals who can’t traverse stairs, which is a “flagrant violation” of the town’s human rights regulation and the federal People with Disabilities Act, in response to the fits.
Plaintiff Sasha Blair-Goldensohn makes use of a wheelchair and stated his day by day commute features a switch and using 4 elevators.
“The shortage of elevators doubles my commute time, at greatest,” Blair-Goldensohn stated in a press release. “And if only one elevator is out of service, I’m caught. I by no means know once I’ll should ask strangers to hold me up the steps in my wheelchair. It’s nerve-wracking, harmful and degrading.”
Solely 112 of the town’s 472 subway stations are wheelchair-accessible, and out of these solely one hundred are at present open and supply elevator service in each instructions, the federal lawsuit learn.
Even stations which have elevators are sometimes out of service, the lawsuit discovered. No less than 25 elevators are out of service for about 4 hours every day on common, in line with the courtroom papers.
The fits have been introduced by Incapacity Rights Advocates (DRA) on behalf of a number of incapacity nonprofit teams.
“The MTA’s actions are a shame to New York. Subway station inaccessibility doesn’t simply have an effect on individuals who use wheelchairs, but in addition everybody unable to make use of steps,” stated DRA litigation director Michelle Caiola in a press release.
“It’s harmful for older individuals and people who resort to carrying child strollers precariously up and down stairs. Sadly, the MTA has been derelict in its obligation to make sure the essential proper to its transportation for all. Its disregard and negligence shouldn’t be tolerated any longer.”
The fits demand the MTA “undertake a concentrated effort to put in elevators at stations over an inexpensive interval of years” and for the MTA to ship a plan to deal with “the damaging price of breakdowns and the shortage of contingency planning for closures” of…