Assemblyman calls for increased accessibility into city’s subways

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A Bronx assemblyman is calling for increased accessibility in the city's subways to make sure all New Yorkers can get to their destinations.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz says all too often, elevators at various stations across the borough and around the city don't work.

He says there is the added problem that some stations don't have elevators, making entire subway stops inaccessible to many New Yorkers.

Dinowitz recently took to social media expressing his concerns, tweeting at the new MTA President Andy Byford in part, "what can we do to accelerate the installation of elevators at stations in the Bronx?"

An MTA spokesman responded to News 12's request for comment on the issue saying in a statement, "President Byford has made accessibility one of his top priorities from day one of his tenure...and MTA Chairman Lhota has convened a working group among members of the MTA board to tackle the challenge of making more of the system accessible as quickly as possible."

He also pointed out that even though only a quarter of stations across the city are currently ADA accessible, funding has already been approved to add elevators to more than two dozen other stations and that the MTA will be allocating more money to repairing elevators at subway stops as well. Assemblyman Dinowitz and straphangers News 12 spoke to say systemwide accessibility should be a top priority.

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