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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York has selected an HDR Inc.-led team to support the program to make 24 New York City Transit subway stations accessible per the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The team will conduct site and technical investigations, finalize selection of optimal design alternatives for each station, and prepare preliminary plans and bridging documents for release to design-build teams. It will also provide program management services up until the award of the six packages to design-build teams.
Key features of the program include direct-access elevators that take passengers directly from street level to the platform, according to an HDR press release.
"This project will be transformative for New Yorkers who need accessible platforms," said Elena Barnett, the program’s principal-in-charge and HDR’s New York/New Jersey transportation manager.
HDR, along with partners WSP, di Domenico + Partners and several disadvantaged business enterprises, will create easily identifiable ADA paths of travel at these stations to deliver a superior experience for users. The improvements developed will be seamless and unified with existing stations for the purpose of streamlining operations and fostering a sense of presence and pride for all who use the elevators and navigate the stations, HDR officials said.