Report: NYC Transit Accessibility Depends on Congestion Pricing Revenue

The ability of the MTA to complete its accessibility upgrades relies on funding from the upcoming congestion pricing program.

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January 25, 2024, 6:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

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The full accessibility of New York City’s transit system hinges on revenue from the city’s upcoming congestion pricing scheme, according to a report from the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation which “finds the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ability to deliver the remaining accessible stations hinges on the $15 billion in capital funding to be generated from the Central Business District Tolling Program.”

The congestion pricing program, years in the making, will charge drivers who enter a designated area of Manhattan, with prices higher during peak hours to encourage off-peak driving. Revenue from the program is a key component of the funding needed to make New York’s transit stations fully accessible and is expected to bring in roughly $15 million.

According to the report, “Accessing the public transit system can present challenges for the 13% of New Yorkers with physical disabilities. Currently 30% of subway stations have elevators or ramps, significantly limiting services for those with ambulatory disabilities and other access needs.”

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 in NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

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