Op-Ed: “Congestion Pricing and Equal Access” by Jo Anne Simon, Christopher Schuyler and Eman Rimawi-Doster

April 2, 2024

AAR Settlement, Access-A-Ride, Access-a-Ride Reform Group, Climate and Energy Justice, Community Justice, Congestion Pricing, Disability Justice, Health Justice, MTA, Media Coverage, News

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Christopher Schuyler, managing attorney with the Disability Justice Program, and Eman Rimawi-Doster, senior organizer with the Disability Justice Program, together with Jo Anne Simon, a New York State Assembly Member and disability civil rights lawyer, wrote an op-ed touting the benefits of congestion pricing while also calling for broader application of the disability exemption to ensure that people with disabilities, who often cannot use the inaccessible subway system, are not unfairly burdened with the new toll.

New York’s first-in-the-nation congestion pricing plan promised to invest resources to fix the subways and make them more accessible. That’s why it’s so disappointing that disability rights have gotten lost in the sauce of the congestion pricing debate. It’s also why MTA’s recent proposed partial exemption for people with disabilities just doesn’t pass muster.

There are endless ways to easily broaden the disability exemption to cover all people with disabilities, in accordance with legislative intent. The MTA’s rushed plan needlessly excludes many. The MTA has just resoundingly voted on congestion pricing, so now is the time to make sure they deliver on their promises of this ground-breaking plan. If done right, it can reduce maddening traffic and harmful carbon emissions and create an accessible transit system.

Subscribers can read the full op-ed at New York Daily News.

NYLPI is an active member of the Congestion Pricing Now Coalition.

 

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