MTA Approves Spending $600 Million to Ease Access for Disabled

(Bloomberg) -- New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway, buses and commuter rail lines, approved an amendment to its capital plan that will allocate at least $600 million for accessibility projects.

The step "significantly increases the agency’s investment" in Americans With Disabilities Act accessibility projects, including $300 million for critical station improvements, $200 million for enhancements such as elevators and $100 million for redesigned platforms and similar work.

“We are putting an increased focus on accessibility with all of our planning moving forward, and this plan amendment is a direct result of that promise,” MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement. “We have a lot more work to do but this plan amendment -- as well as our Board working group on accessibility and the commitment of NYC Transit President Andy Byford -- demonstrate our commitment to accessibility for all of our customers.”

The exact stations that will be improved with the funding will be finalized later.

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