To the Editor: As we recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), here are two ways the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could obtain financial support to pay for bringing more subway stations into compliance with that law.
The MTA receives $1.4 billion in annual assistance from various Federal Transit Administration grant-funding programs. Why not ask any major business, college or hospital that benefits from one or more subway stations adjacent to their facility to sponsor the installation of elevators. Let them split the cost 50-50 with New York City Transit in exchange for naming rights to the elevators.
The MTA also needs to make some difficult decisions as to what other projects and programs may have to be canceled or reduced in the $51-billion MTA 2020-2024 Five-Year Capital Plan, which is no longer financially viable. This is necessary to find funding for installation of ADA-compliant elevators at more subway stations in Astoria, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan and at more Staten Island Railway stations.
(Mr. Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office).
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