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Stringer: Subway System Is Failing Disabled New Yorkers

July 18, 2018 - 4:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As the city embarks on a long-term plan to fix up the subway, there is one thing Comptroller Scott Stringer wants to make sure planners don't forget – accessibility for the disabled.

As WCBS 880's Steve Burns reported, the comptroller said the city is failing its mobility-impaired residents when they need to get around.

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To someone with mobility issues, a subway stations with just stairs in and out might mean a long and expensive detour. It might even mean not making the trip at all.

"Well more than half a million people are cut off from the rest of the city by their own government,” Stringer said. “It's outrageous and it has to change."

Stringer calculates about half of the city’s neighborhoods served by the subway system do not have a single handicap-accessible station.

"It's not just about transit,” he said. “It's also about jobs and affordability for those left out."

He also maintains it is more expensive to live around an accessible station. Rents are an on average $100 more a month.

"You know not everyone can afford an extra $1,200 a year on rent – especially if you have a disability," Stringer said.

He is calling for more reliable revenues as the subway starts getting fixed, including congestion pricing and getting more stations Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.