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Rail News: Passenger Rail
MTA to add wheelchair accessibility to 11 stations
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week announced that seven MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations and four MTA Metro-North Railroad stations will be made accessible under the American with Disabilities (ADA) Act following approval of the New York agency's 2020-2024 capital plan in October.
Currently, 105 of LIRR’s 124 stations are ADA-accessible, with an additional three stations — Nostrand Avenue, Murray Hill and Floral Park — undergoing construction to make them accessible.
Under the proposed capital plan, MTA will add wheelchair accessibility to the Hollis, Hunterspoint Avenue, Locust Manor, Forest Hills, Copiague, St. Albans and Mets-Willets Point LIRR stations. The improvement will make 93 percent of LIRR stations accessible, MTA officials said in a press release.
Of Metro-North Railroad’s 85 stations in New York, 60 are currently accessible. Once the capital plan is implemented, 78 percent of the railroad’s stations will be accessible.
Metro-North will make the Ludlow Station on the Hudson Line and three other stations on the Harlem Line accessible. The specific stations on the Harlem Line to receive the improvements have not yet been announced.
Earlier this month, the MTA released the proposed capital plan to invest $51.5 billion into the region’s subways, buses and railroads over the next five years. The plan includes $5.7 billion for LIRR and $4.7 billion for Metro-North.
MTA's board will review the plan Sept. 22. If approved, it will be submitted by Oct. 1 to the MTA Capital Program Review Board for consideration and approval.
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