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MTA ignores Americans with Disabilities Act in planned renovations to Queens subway stops

Added 01-15-20 12:13:03am EST - “The MTA plans to spend at least $100 million to renovate a group of subway stations in Queens ?" but the expensive work does not include the installation of elevators or ramps, an apparent violation of the Americans with Disabilities…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “MTA ignores Americans with Disabilities Act in planned renovations to Queens subway stops”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The MTA plans to spend at least $100 million to renovate a group of subway stations in Queens — but the expensive work does not include the installation of elevators or ramps, which advocates say is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“I guess the MTA wants to substitute its judgment for the ADA’s black-letter legal requirements,” said Michelle Caiola, a head attorney for the nonprofit Disability Rights Advocates.

The agency last month sought contractors’ proposals for “station renewal” work on nine elevated stations on the No. 7 line.

The work is slated to begin in 2021, and covers everything from the stations’ stairways to electrical components to structural beams.

Just two of the nine stations covered by the contract have elevators, and none of the other seven are included in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to spend $5.1 billion to make 66 additional subway stations accessible over the next five years.

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