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