NYLPI Submits Comments to the MTA Regarding Congestion Pricing

March 12, 2024

Access-A-Ride, Access-a-Ride Reform Group, Climate and Energy Justice, Congestion Pricing, Disability Justice, Environmental Justice, Health Justice, MTA, News

A photo of New York City traffic, viewed from the bumper of many taxis and cars waiting at an intersection

Christopher Schuyler, Managing Attorney, Disability Justice Program presented testimony at the March 1 MTA public hearing on the Congestion Pricing Proposed Tolling Structure, and later submitted written comments.

“People with disabilities are among the most affected by Congestion Pricing. While people without disabilities can avoid the Congestion Pricing toll by riding the subway, the subway system is inaccessible to many people with disabilities. Only 30% of stations have elevators, saying nothing of whether the elevators in those stations are operational, and nothing about the litany of other system accessibility barriers including excessive gaps between the trains and platforms. That means that many within the disability community are left with only ground transportation – Access-A-Ride (“AAR”) paratransit, taxis and for-hire vehicles (“FHV”) to the extent they are wheelchair accessible, and private vehicles – to get to work, school, medical appointments, family and friends – everywhere.”

Read the full comments here.

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