MTA plans accessibility enhancements at 20 further subway stations beneath proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan

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A further 20 subway stations will likely be absolutely ADA accessible beneath the proposed $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital Plan, in line with an announcement from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

“The announcement of those further 20 ADA stations is a main step ahead for MTA systemwide accessibility,” mentioned MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye. “New Yorkers deserve a subway system that works for everybody. This historic funding of $5.2 billion for accessibility within the subsequent Capital Program will likely be life-changing for our prospects.”

The brand new stations construct on 48 further accessible stations beforehand introduced and are a part of a complete of 70 subway stations that may obtain a $5.2 billion funding in accessibility.

“We’ve developed an progressive plan to bundle stations so building can transfer a lot quicker than prior to now,” mentioned MTA Chief Growth Officer Janno Lieber. “Now we have the procurement packages able to go. At the moment’s MTA management is decided to offer New Yorker’s much more accessible stations and do it higher, quicker and cheaper.”   

In September, the MTA launched the proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan, a historic plan that invests $51.5 billion throughout the area’s subways, buses, commuter rail methods and bridges and tunnels over the subsequent 5 years. The plan is the biggest in MTA historical past and consists of $40 billion dedicated to NYC Transit’s subway system and bus community, with high precedence given to accelerating accessibility. NYC Transit’s Quick Ahead plan to modernize the subway system established the purpose of creating not less than 50 extra subway stations accessible in 5 years in order that prospects wouldn’t need to journey farther than two stops to succeed in an accessible station. The proposed 2020-2024 Capital Plan not solely meets that purpose however goes past it with a complete of 70 stations.

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“We’re very severe in regards to the subways being accessible to as many individuals as attainable, which is why accessibility is a high precedence for me since day one,” mentioned MTA New York Metropolis (NYC) Transit President Andy Byford. “Investing in accessibility at 70 subway stations will open up important parts of the subway map for individuals who depend on elevators or ramps for entry to the system.”

MTA says the primary 48 stations recognized in September met the “two-station away” protection purpose and went even additional by together with a number of essential switch factors and complexes, and different group precedence stations. The 20 further stations recognized at present additional improve citywide geographic protection and had been chosen primarily based on elements together with demographics, transfers and intermodal connections, constructability, ridership and synergy with different work deliberate for the 2020-2024 Capital Plan in an effort to maximize sources and reduce impression on prospects and communities. 

The 20 further stations introduced at present serve varied subway traces and various communities, with a deal with rising accessibility in among the metropolis’s fastest-growing neighborhoods and main corridors. The total station choice course of was pushed by in depth group enter, together with public engagement occasions, outreach to advocates and group teams, in addition to suggestions from 1000’s of elected officers, advocates and prospects with disabilities.

“With this checklist of stations, we’re going past our dedication to place prospects not more than two stations away from an accessible station inside 5 years, filling protection gaps and rising entry to key switch factors, terminals and high-ridership stations,” mentioned Alex Elegudin, NYC Transit’s senior advisor for systemwide accessibility. “We’ll proceed to work intently with advocates and communities to prioritize future accessibility investments and work internally to speed up these initiatives whereas endeavoring to restrict any disruption to service.”

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The remaining two stations of the 70 proposed within the 2020-2024 Capital Plan will likely be introduced at a later date. An inventory of the 68 stations might be discovered on the MTA’s web site.

 

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