Pair of Elevators to Enhance NYC Subway Accessibility
NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to install two elevators at the 14th Street and Seventh Avenue subway stations in Manhattan, a move hailed by disability-rights activists at a press conference on March 27, gothamist reports. Proponents, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, urged the Federal Transportation Administration to approve and release the funds, and said he would lobby for additional accessibility funding in an upcoming infrastructure bill. The MTA announced it would install the elevators after it failed to build four elevators at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue in 2020. The authority announced the four-elevator plan in response to a 2018 accessibility lawsuit. Without providing a cost estimate, MTA put the two-elevator project out for bid in February and aims to complete the work by 2023.