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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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Taxi Driver Shortage Stalls Passengers with Limited Mobility as MTA Ride Service Sags

The demand for subsidized paratransit services is rising as the city emerges from the pandemic. But New Yorkers with disabilities are having a hard time finding rides due to the overall downturn in taxi and other for-hire vehicle drivers.

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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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MTA’s New OMNY Tap-and-Go Fare Setup Leaves Disabled Subway Riders Waiting

The contactless payment system is supposed to be in place at all stations by Dec. 31. But it won’t be available for another year to commuters who use wheelchairs.

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Homeless Shelter Staff Mistakenly Trash Immigrant Athlete’s Wheelchairs

Saheed Adebayo Aare says he was placed in an inaccessible hotel. When he returned to Wards Island, two wheelchairs — including one for tennis — were gone.

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Roosevelt Island’s FDR Park Moves Towards Wheelchair Accessibility

Funding is set and bids are coming for a long-delayed platform lift at the step-laden park dedicated to the only U.S. president to use a wheelchair in office.

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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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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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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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City Promises Wheelchair Ramps on Every Corner

All 162,000 street corners in New York will be accessible within 15 years as part of a settlement to a federal suit. A monitor will oversee the work.