Christopher Schuyler Delivers Testimony to City Council Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Regarding Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

March 14, 2024

Access-A-Ride, Access-a-Ride Reform Group, Disability Justice, Health Justice, Legislative, MTA, News

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Managing Attorney Christopher Schuyler, Disability Justice at NYLPI, delivered testimony to the to City Council Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the importance of including people with disabilities’ specific transit needs in the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget.

“The MTA’s history of deprioritizing subway accessibility caused the current unavailability of mass transit as an option for many people with disabilities. Therefore, the MTA cannot now expect people with disabilities, who due the MTA’s own decision-making, are left with only ground transportation, to pay the toll. Forcing people with disabilities to pay the toll would be insult to injury; first, the needs of people with disabilities were long ignored by the MTA, and now they are expected to pay for the fix to a problem caused by the MTA’s own inaction. Shouldering people with disabilities with the burden to pay for subway accessibility is not right.”

Schuyler stressed the overhaul needed for several of the MTA’s services and fare options, including the importance of congestion pricing exemptions, Access-A-Ride improvements, inclusive subway upgrades, Fair Fares expansion and more.

Read or download the full testimony here.

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