With the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act this month, the MTA is working to make the milestone a memorable one for mobility impaired LIRR customers. MTA Construction & Development, the LIRR and its contractors continue to work to make stations along the 10-mile long LIRR Expansion Project corridor assessible to all customer.
Customers who use stations from Floral Park to Westbury will benefit from the MTA’s commitment to accessibility improvements including new elevators and ramps. The improvements come after unprecedented outreach and coordination efforts, which included hundreds of meetings with towns, villages and community groups.
Here’s a look at the tremendous progress made so far:
Improvements at the LIRR Expansion Project stations go far beyond ADA requirements. Additional upgrades include new 12-car platforms, canopies and platform furnishings such as benches, shelters and signage. Customers will also benefit from technological improvements, including CCTV security cameras, free public Wi-Fi and charging stations. Additionally, bike racks and artwork at the station will make for a more pleasant customer experience.
ADA upgrades are not limited to stations included in the LIRR Expansion Project. Other stations have recently been outfitted with ADA improvements, including Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn and Murray Hill in Queens, each of which received new elevators, making them fully ADA compliant.