WNYC: Access-A-Ride Users Plead With MTA To Stop Shared Rides

August 11, 2021

Access-A-Ride, Access-a-Ride Reform Group, Disability Justice, News

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Ruth Lowenkron, Director of NYLPI’s Disability Justice program, was cited by WNYC and Gothamist for her work writing to the MTA on behalf of the Access-A-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!). AARRG! is comprised of NYLPI, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York, and Mobilization for Justice.

From Gothamist:

“People with the most severe disabilities who use Access-a-Ride have no options, and that is a far more compromised space than the subway or bus,” Ruth Lowenkron, director of the Disability Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, said.

Lowenkron has written two letters to the MTA asking them to suspend shared rides for now on behalf of her group and four others, and also met with MTA officials about the issue.

She said at one meeting an MTA official suggested that Access-a-Ride users are pushing this issue now because they liked not having to share rides with people during the pandemic, and that it’s not primarily about safety from COVID-19.

“On a personal level, I found it shocking,“ Lowenkron said, “My response is, that may well be true [some people have] a goal of eliminating shared rides, although it is neither here nor there. You don’t talk about playing politics when you’re facing a pandemic of proportions we’ve never seen in the world.”

Read AARRG!’s letter to the MTA here.



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