NYLPI Joins 17 Advocacy Groups in Urging Gov. Hochul and Legislative Leaders to Fund Essential Transit Services

June 26, 2024

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NYLPI joins more than a dozen advocacy groups in a letter to Gov. Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Heastie, urging them to find funding for accessibility and other transit priorities immediately.

We write to urge you to work with the legislature to immediately find reliable, progressive funding sources for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital program so that accessibility projects and other vital programs can move forward without delay. Any pause, even for a few months, is inexcusable. Any delay runs counter to the MTA’s legal commitment to make the subways accessible. It would mean New Yorkers and others with mobility disabilities will encounter yet another delay in our 45-year-long campaign for access to the city’s vast transit network. Almost exactly two years ago, you announced the settlement of two civil rights lawsuits that disability advocates had brought against the MTA, committing the authority to a three-decade plan to make at least 95% of the city’s subway stations accessible. “No New Yorker should have to worry about whether or not they can safely access public transportation,” you said. “My administration will continue to ensure that New York State is accessible to all.”

Read or download the full letter here.

 

 

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