The newyork Subway system claims ADA compliance but decide for yourself it has the following
468 subway stations
At 48 stations
On any day less than 17% work (MTA’S own statistics)
If you are catching the Q or N train to say Atlantic pacific station just over Brooklyn Bridge and you miss your stop you have to stay on all the way to Coney Island (almost 20 miles) because there is not one single wheelchair accessible stop after Atlantic pacific.
If you catch 6 train up the east side of Manhattan and miss your stop at 59th st, there is not another wheelchair accessible stop until 125th st
If you catch the 1 or the 2 or the 9 train on the west side of Manhattan and go past 72nd st, you have to stay on till almost the 200 block in innwood because there is not a single accessible stop until inwood which is the tip of Manhattan only separated from the Bronx by a 3ooft bridge.
Queens borough plaza on the 7,Q,N AND R train lines is one of Queens major hubs, but for 6 months on weekends they have been doing work (although you can’t see it) and the 7 train which normally pulls up opposite the N,Q,AND R changes to the upper deck 50 feet above where it normally stops. They don’t announce it and if like me you’re in a wheelchair wanting to do what is normally a 10 ft roll across the platform to the N,Q or R train instead you’re forced to crawl down 50 feet of stairs on your ass while if you’re lucky someone carries your chair.
Well except for queens borough plaza the 7 train is normally reliable, except this week the MTA said the train that is denoted the “FLUSHING QUEENS” train won’t go all the way to “FLUSHING Queens” and won’t leave from the main st Flushing station?
So if like me you have appointments every single day of the week as an advocate for the disabled, and also doctor’s appointments preparing for imminent shoulder surgery
YOU’RE SCREWED AND NOONE CARES
Car service from Flushing to Manhattan is $50 each way plus 20% gratuity, access- a-ride is antiquated and cannot be used for strict appointments because it does a loop. They pick you up then drive through all 5 boroughs and Staten island before heading to Manhattan to start drop offs, and that is if you make the approval list most don’t these days and they have ceased service from Staten island because of a union dispute.
So Mr. Bloomberg, I know in September last year you made the famous speech “IT IS NOT NOW NOR WILL IT EVER BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS MAYORAL ADMINISTRATION TO CARE FOR THE DISABLD OF NEW YORK THAT IS WHAT FAMILY ARE FOR”
But I’m sorry Mr. Bloomberg That is in direct violation of the Americans With disabilities act.
I own an apartment in flushing, I pay taxes, we pay taxes so why is it one of the largest outer borough populations in New York can have its public transport turned off at mere hours notice?
Statistically 10-20% of the population live with disability, so that means 10-20% of Flushing’s population were grounded with the stroke of your pen, who gave you that right who? Not we the disabled, if you won’t honor hard fought for federal law and allow us necessary public transport access to simply earn a living then you don’t get our taxes.
WAKE UP MR BLOOMBERG JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT RUNNING AGAIN DOESN’T MEAN YOU CANNOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
RESPECT OUR EXISTENCE OR EXPECT OUR RESISTANCE