Disability rights advocates sue MTA over inaccessible subway station
Americas, June 30 2016
NEW YORK: The Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the MTA over a Bronx subway station that remains inaccessible to wheelchair users.
According to DRA, the MTA’s failure to make the station wheelchair accessible is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects people from discrimination based on disability.
“This is not the first time that the MTA has spent millions of dollars improving a subway station while ignoring the legal mandate to simultaneously make it accessible,” said Disability Rights Advocates’ lawyer Michelle Caiola.
She said that’s “why New York City has one of the worst public transportation systems for people with disabilities in the United States.”
According to Anthony Trocchia, President of DIA, the suit is meant to call attention to the broader issue of wheelchair accessibility on the New York City subway system.