Advocates say the trips are unnecessary in the first place, when other places require only a doctor’s note or at-home evaluation to qualify for the service.
Despite the distant due date, advocates mostly cheered the settlement, part of a long, multipronged push to make the transit agency comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Unreliable elevators continue to plague the system, disability advocates say — and the transit agency’s promise to improve overall access won’t come true for three decades.
Saheed Adebayo Aare has gone from unstable housing and a nightmare commute to feeling that anything is possible in the Big Apple.
The mayor, advocates for people with disabilities and even MTA board members have called the move unfair and questioned if the funding shift could worsen service reliability and accountability for Access-A-Ride.
StrataGen Systems Inc. was tapped to bring high technology solutions to Access-A-Ride scheduling problems, but hit more delays than the blue-and-white vans in rush-hour traffic.
The DOJ released a report in the fall that knocked Access-A-Ride for untimely drop-offs and excessive travel times. Now, transit officials say customer satisfaction is up.
Several bus lines are trying out reserving space for open strollers, but drivers fear conflicts among riders to come.
The MTA is assessing new goals and financial needs in a post-pandemic world. Riders with mobility issues remind the agency that serving them humanely is not only the law but “the right thing to do.”
Just over the city limits in Westchester and Nassau County, riders with disabilities aren’t forced to trek to out-of-the-way “assessment centers” to prove their physical capabilities or lack thereof.