MTA unveils new elevators, upgrades to Greenpoint Avenue subway station

Using the Greenpoint Avenue subway station in Brooklyn is about to get a lot easier for commuters with disabilities.

News 12 Staff

Dec 11, 2020, 12:50 AM

Updated 1,261 days ago

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Using the Greenpoint Avenue subway station in Brooklyn is about to get a lot easier for commuters with disabilities. 
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled new elevators and other upgrades to make the station ADA-accessible. 
"The Greenpoint Avenue station on the G line is now ADA-accessible. It's evidence of our commitment to improve accessibility everywhere,” said MTA NYC Transit Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer. 
The elevators come as a remedy for commuters like MTA board member Victor Calise, who says he uses a wheelchair to get around. 
He says he’s never been able to ride the G train before Thursday because of the lack of ADA accommodations. 
"I'd have to find a car or pay a taxi, which actually costs a lot of money. People with disabilities want convenience just like anyone else, so having the accessibility within the platform certainly expands that,” said Calise. 
The upgraded station now also has tactile warning strips at the platform edges and relocated turnstiles, railings and gates to assure the station is ADA-compliant. 
"The reality is that I'm not disabled, my environment is and when you change that environment, no one's disabled,” Calise. 
The upgrades are more than two years in the making, according to MTA officials. 
As the MTA unveils the upgrades, they are also pushing for $12 billion in federal funding in hopes of reaching their goal to make sure commuters can access every subway station in the city.


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