Councilman, Critics Slam MTA For Failure To Include Elevator In One Station's Improvements


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) --The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is drawing heat for what some say is missing from its improvement plans at a subway station at the northwest corner of Central Park.

Plywood blocks the entrance to the station at 110th Street and Central Park West, serving the B and C trains. Six months of renovations lie ahead.

City Councilman Mark Levine (D-7th) said it is great that the MTA is improving the station. But he said it is missing something important – an elevator.

“It's a huge, huge wasted opportunity when we are spending untold hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said.

That means riders with wheelchairs, walkers or canes will not be able to access the station. It is also true for people with strollers.

“This kind of renovation is done once a generation if you’re lucky,” he said.

Christine Yearwood has a 7-week-old and 3 1/2-year-old.

“Certainly is really limiting when you don't have accessible stations around,” Yearwood said.

Sasha Blair-Goldensohn is in a wheelchair, and he thinks the failure to install an elevator speaks to the MTA’s misplaced priorities.

“Before we put in new tiles, before we put in USB ports, before we put in countdown clocks, let’s put in elevators,” he said.

An MTA spokesman said a systemwide study is being conducted to improve accessibility.

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