Subway Accessibility Report

For most New Yorkers the subway is the fastest and most efficient way to travel, allowing them to bypass traffic and reach their destinations quickly. For the mobility impaired, however, the subways are hard to use. Most of the subway stations, built at the beginning of the 20th century, are not designed to be accessible to people with disabilities - and are very expensive and hard to renovate.

Many of the key subway stations are not even accessible. The MTA is working on making the  system more accessible, but it will take years before most of the stations are accessible. To compound the problem, the MTA has not done a good job of informing the public about the accessible subway stations.

Often subway stations that are accessible and others that have become inaccessible due to construction are not known about. Existing accessible subway stations known to the public are flawed as well. Elevators break and are often in disrepair. For subway riders with disabilities, a better working knowledge of the subway system is needed.

For this reason, I, Ansel Lurio, summer intern for the DNNYC, wrote the following report on the NYC subway system. This report will educate the rider with mobility impairments on how to get the most out of the subway system, presented it in a way that is easy to understand, using the most up to date information available.

Ansel Lurio
August, 2003

Subway Report
» Introduction
» Accessible Stations
» Notes

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