Transit Advocates to Join CM Levine, Sen. Benjamin to Protest Lack of Accessibility Increases at Northern Manhattan MTA Stations

**ADVISORY for April 9, 2018**

CONTACT: Jake Sporn // 516-946-5253 // jsporn@council.nyc.gov

Manhattan, NY – On Monday April 9th, the MTA will begin renovating several Northern Manhattan subway stations as part of the agency’s Enhanced Station Initiative, meaning the 72nd, 86th, and 110th Street stops along the B/C line will all be shuttered through the fall. 

Council Member Levine, State Senator Brian Benjamin, and TransitCenter will be protesting the lack of increased accessibility at the stations receiving renovations. They'll​ ​call on the MTA to create a plan for system-wide accessibility that is reflected in the next capital program and beyond, to make ADA access central to any major station overhaul​,​ ​and to ​immediately and dramatically improve poor elevator performance​.

Council Member Levine will also be calling on the MTA to implement temporary measures that would ease the burden on Northern Manhattan residents who are facing subway closures, including shuttle bus service, increase M10 bus frequency, and a commitment to issue monthly reports on the progress of each station renovation. A petition the Council Member launched on April 5th has already collected several hundred signatures from community members affected by the shutdown.

Who: New York City Council Member Mark Levine; State Senator Brian Benjamin; TransitCenter; Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell; disability advocates; and dozens of community members affected by the shutdown

Where: Northwest Corner of Frederick Douglass Circle on 110th Street

When: Monday, April 9th at 10:30 am

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