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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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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 Pandemic Federal Wish List Seeks $8B for Subway Elevators, Escalators and More

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.

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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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MTA Resumes Access-A-Ride Cash Fare Collections Even as COVID Infections Grow

Advocates pressed transit officials to wait until the pandemic ends before reinstating the $2.75 cash-only fee on the small buses and other vehicles that carry riders with limited mobility to vaccination and doctor appointments.

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Some NYC Subway Stations Getting Elevators While Others Get the Shaft Amid Budget Crunch

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.

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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’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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MTA Crosses Street With Long-Delayed Hunter College Station Elevator

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.

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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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Advocates Worry Accessibility Will Be Sacrificed in MTA Funding Crunch

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.

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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.