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Elected Officials Hold Rally at Rego Park Subway Station, Call for Accessibility Upgrades

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in Rego Park Friday calling for the state to accelerate the installation of new elevators at MTA stations (Photo: Courtesy of the Riders Alliance)

March 7, 2022 By Christian Murray

Elected officials, subway riders and disability rights activists gathered at a subway station in Rego Park Friday to call on New York State to allocate federal infrastructure funds toward the construction of elevators at MTA and LIRR stations.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Grace Meng, and disability rights activists came together at the Rego Park 63rd Drive station to call on state officials to use federal funds that were included as part of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act of 2021 to construct elevators and other accessibility upgrades.

The officials were joined by representatives from leading civic advocacy organizations including, Riders Alliance, Straphangers Campaign, UPSTAND and Queens Community Board 6, who also called on the state to use the federal infrastructure funds to increase the frequency of subway and bus service. The Infrastructure and Jobs Act will send an estimated $11 billion to the MTA.

“As money from the federal infrastructure bill continues to flow to New York, it is critical for the city and state to make sure that funding is directed towards installing elevators at the Queens subway and LIRR stations that need them,” said Congresswoman Meng. “All of my constituents deserve easy access to our subway and LIRR stops. They should not be out of reach to anybody. It is time to finally ensure equal access to our mass transit system.”

Schumer, meanwhile, said that the transit system was failing to meet the needs of many residents since it doesn’t have the number of elevators needed to make it accessible. He noted that the press conference was being held at the Rego Park station since it lacks such access.

Meanwhile, state Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi, who represents Forest Hills, said that it is now the state’s responsibility to make sure that the stations are accessible.

“Our federal reps delivered billions of dollars in infrastructure funds for the MTA,” Hevesi said. “It’s now on NYS to responsibly administer these funds for a more accessible, equitable MTA system. First priority is bringing every station up to ADA compliance in accordance w/ federal law.”

Transit advocates noted that it is very difficult for residents to travel via subway when most do not have elevators. Presently, about 25 percent of the 472 stations in the subway system comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Meanwhile, advocates also called for federal funds to be spent on bus and subway service upgrades, such as ensuring that buses and subways run every six minutes, seven days a week. They argued it would bring back riders, improve MTA revenue, advance equity and fight climate change.

“Federal infrastructure funding is a unique opportunity for Governor Hochul to invest in transit riders’ top priorities, said Riders Alliance senior organizer Danna Dennis. “The governor should double down on the expansion of subway accessibility and ensure that riders have access to affordable and frequent public transportation service as we recover from the pandemic.”

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