What other future transit capital projects and programs might have to be cut to speed up findings the billions that would be required for "MTA needs to prioritize accessibility" (In Our Opinion - July 26)?
The MTA has a longterm Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Compliance Plan in place, approved and periodically updated by the Federal Transit Administration Office of Civil Rights.
The plan provides a road map for bringing more of 471 subway stations into compliance over coming years. Will the MTA use local or federal funding or a combination of both to come up with these dollars?
If the MTA renovates and brings any subway station up to a state of good repair, they must be ADA compliant. If they don't currently exists, one or more elevators would probably have to be added to the scope of work.
Elevators can easily add tens of millions of dollars to the project budget for any station.