Advocates demand ADA-compliance at more Bronx subway stations

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THE BRONX -

A group of city officials is gathering signatures and calling for subway accessibility improvements on the Mosholu Parkway.

The surrounding neighborhood houses two major hospitals, three nursing homes, two senior centers and a number of residential towers.

Officials are lobbying the MTA to install an elevator at the Mosholu Parkway No. 4 train station. They plan to deliver a petition at the MTA's next public board meeting in September.

According to advocates, the Bronx has the fewest Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant stations in the four boroughs connected to the New York City subway system.

More than 75 percent of the Bronx's stations lack full accessibility, they say.

"What we believe is that if you are anyone in NYC you should be able to independently get from one place to another," says Eric Dinowitz, a community leader. "The fact that there is no elevator here at this train stair means there are people with disabilities who are unable to get to and from a doctor's visit, businesses, a loved one."

The MTA says its president has made subway accessibility one of his top four priorities and that funding for his Fast Forward modernization plan would ensure no rider is more than two stations away from one with an elevator.

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