Sonia Rincon

Transit Advocates: MTA Isn't Addressing Accessibility While Renovating Upper Manhattan Subway Stations

April 09, 2018 - 3:24 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- There is planned work at several Upper Manhattan subway stations, but not everyone thinks the plan is complete.

Last month, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office joined a lawsuit from the Bronx Independent Living Services for renovating the Middletown Road 6 train station without making it accessible to the disabled.

Now members of the public have chimed in saying several stops are like that. 

The 110th Street subway station is one of three on the B&C lines closed for the next six months for renovations.

New York City Councilmember Mark Levine says those improvements do not include elevators. "It's a huge, huge wasted opportunity when we're spending untold hundreds of millions of dollars," Levine said.

Local Democratic District Leader Cordell Cleare says the MTA failed to engage community boards on the changes which seem cosmetic more than anything, 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincon reported.

"They're beautiful, they're pretty, but that's not what the community needs most," Cleare said.

The MTA says the improvements are critical and that new transit president Andy Byford recently launched a study on the challenges of making all staions accessible, Rincon reported.

Officials say the next five-year capital plan will have more money for improving accessibility.