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MTA Brings Back Virtual Testimony for Board Meetings — With a Catch

The MTA will no longer require in-person testimony at its board meetings beginning Monday. That means public speakers will once again be allowed to rail remotely against the transit agency — although not in real time.

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MTA Looks to Ramp Up Subway Accessibility With Fewer Costly Elevators

"Ramps are failproof," declared Quemuel Arroyo, the MTA’s chief accessibility officer. But installing the slopes isn’t as easy as it might look, and in some cases elevators better fit the bill, some advocates say.

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MTA Hits Mute on Remote Comments as In-Person Public Committee Meetings Return

The rule forbidding a continuation of virtual public testimony limited participation by Access-A-Ride users with complaints about service problems, advocates for New Yorkers with limited mobility said. Meanwhile, MTA officials could still phone it in.

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Man’s Amazing Journey to Amazon Made Smoother Thanks to Public and Private Help

Saheed Adebayo Aare has received salvation from his hellish commute by way of a new position with the online retailer in the city and a bumpy ride to a more convenient homeless shelter.

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MTA Looking for Private Business Help With Subway Accessibility Upgrades

The transit agency’s leaders want to tap more private developers to make more subway stations Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant. But critics warn that similar partnerships have a spotty track record.

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Union Square Curves Add Accessibility Challenge to $100M Makeover

The Union Square Partnership has proposed an ambitious "vision plan" to remake the 19th century park. Accessibility advocates want the overhaul to include technologically difficult upgrades for the sprawling subway station underneath.

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Capital Losses: Major Subway and Bus Projects Falling by Wayside in MTA’s Pandemic Budget Crunch

Paint jobs, structural repairs and accessibility upgrades are among the capital projects put on hold as the MTA hopes for billions from a more transit friendly Biden administration.

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MTA Pulls Emergency Brake on All Major Projects as Financial Woes Mount

Modernized signals, upgraded subway cars and elevators to make dozens of stations accessible have put on hold indefinitely amid the pandemic’s squeeze on funding.

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Delays on Major Subway Upgrade Could Signal More Woes Ahead

The pandemic and computer problems are snagging a signal improvement in Queens and Manhattan as the MTA’s record $51 billion overhaul plan is in flux.

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MTA Could Make Many More Subway Stations Accessible, Study Finds

The first part of a nearly $18 million review obtained by THE CITY concludes that most of the 100 stops surveyed can be retrofitted with elevators.

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In Queens Courts, Unequal Access to Justice Starts at the Stairs

A dispute over who’s supposed to operate a mechanized lift presents a barrier at one courthouse. We found more obstacles at other legal facilities.

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311 Assailed as ‘Epic Failure’ for the Deaf Community

At Council meeting, Councilmember Fernando Cabrera calls out accessibility issues for hard-of-hearing New Yorkers and non-native English speakers.

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Access-A-Ride Users Face Access Challenges at Access-A-Ride Centers

Lack of automatic doors at the six centers where people with limited mobility must go to get the MTA’s paratransit service raises additional barrier.

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Staten Island Family Court Struggles With Disability Act Compliance

Judges, lawyers and litigants make do with trailers and courtroom swaps a decade after a promise of accessible new digs.

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LIC Luxury Tower Leaves Behind People with Disabilities, Lawsuit Alleges

The federal discrimination suit against the Queens building marks the latest legal action stemming from the past decade’s development boom.

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Cost of MTA Accessibility Study Rising Faster Than Elevators

The budget for a feasibility study into installing more subway lifts and ramps to help people with disabilities has jumped 70%, MTA documents show.

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MTA Plan Calls for More Accessible Subway Stations

A $51 billion proposal revealed Monday calls for making another 66 stations accessible, via elevators and ramps. That’s up from 50 — out of 472.

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The Elevated Line: MTA Adding More Lifts to 14th Street Stations

The MTA is rolling out plan to make more stations accessible to those who can’t use stairs or escalators, starting with more elevators on 14th Street.

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City Nearly Two Years Late on Making 60 Evacuation Shelters Accessible

The de Blasio administration promised to be ready by September 2017 to accommodate people with disabilities during disasters. New deadline: January.

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Transit Officials Running Late on Accessible Subway Stations

The list of the next 50 stops due to get elevators is overdue. About 75% of stations don’t fully serve riders with disabilities.