New York City Is Being Sued Over Inaccessible Subways. It’s About Time.





By Karin Willison in The Mighty.



On Tuesday, April 25, two class action lawsuits were filed against New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), accusing it ofsystematically excluding people with disabilitiesdue to a lack of accessible subway stations. Only 112 out of 472 stations — less than 25 percent — have elevators, making it the least accessible subway system in the United States. Other cities with older subway systems have far greater accessibility, including Boston at 74 percent accessible, Philadelphia at 68 percent and Chicago at 67 percent. In addition, the suits allege that existing elevators are often broken, leaving riders stranded on platforms or unable to get to their destinations.


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