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.
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.
An outline of upgrades tacked onto a public hearing notice includes $770 million for station accessibility boosts. Meanwhile, officials hope that Pete Buttigieg will push along congestion pricing to help foot the bill.
Eleanor Dowe, 66, was on her way to dialysis Saturday when she tumbled and smashed her head. Her daughter blames housing officials: “I don’t know if they have a heart.”
The MTA is pushing ahead to install lifts in seven stations and one Staten Island Railway stop, despite pandemic-driven financial disaster. But accessibility projects will have to wait at more than 50 other stations.
More than a dozen years after the transit agency first proposed making the 68th Street subway entrance ADA compliant, the MTA has now altered the $100 million-plus plan.
The nine entrances, all in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, remain off-limits to commuters — and homeless people — more than six months into the pandemic.
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Before the pandemic, the MTA had lofty plans to add elevators to more than 60 stations, making them more accessible for New Yorkers with mobility issues.
A slew of busted lifts across the city stranded some tenants and forced others into crowded elevators, flouting social distancing rules.
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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The elevator at the bustling station functioned just 74% of the time in 2019, MTA records show. Its landlord is being called out in a new report.
The estimated price tag for 19 new lifts is rising from $69 million to $134 million, according to MTA documents.
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.
The list of the next 50 stops due to get elevators is overdue. About 75% of stations don’t fully serve riders with disabilities.
Private property owners leave riders in the lurch with out-of-commission equipment, MTA stats show – check out the lifts most likely to let you down.
The tab for the access project at the 68th St.-Hunter College station has risen to more than $116 million over a decade of delay-inducing opposition.
Repairs on public housing boilers and elevators in dozens of New York City Housing Authority buildings await $450M in pledged funds