NYLAG Addresses Discriminatory MTA Transit Cuts

NYLAG attorneys, along with Brooklyn Legal Services and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP are representing plaintiffs in a suit filed against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and New York City Transit (NYCT). The plaintiffs include three people who are unable to travel long distances on their own or make use of the subway system because of mobility impairments. Other NYLAG plaintiffs are The Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled Inc. and Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York, both non-profit agencies that advocate on behalf of disabled New Yorkers. The suit challenges cuts to the City’s bus system and its complementary paratransit system, which have left mobility impaired individuals without public transportation service comparable to that provided to non-disabled people, in violation of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The plaintiffs seek a permanent injunction reversing the MTA and NYCT service cuts and restoring paratransit services.

“The MTA provided absolutely no accessible public transportation until people with mobility impairments sued them in the early 1980s. Two lawsuits ultimately resulted in the current fully accessible bus service, the existence of the paratransit system, and limited improvements in accessibility of the subway system. It is a shame that it now requires another lawsuit to maintain access to public transportation for people with mobility impairments in this city,” said NYLAG’s Director of Litigation, Jane Greengold Stevens.