CityLimits Quotes NYLPI in Access-A-Ride Bus Lane Story

April 12, 2019

Access-a-Ride Reform Group, Disability Justice, Media Coverage, News

Access-A-Ride vehicle in New York

CityLimits quoted NYLPI Director of Disability Justice Ruth Lowenkron in a story about a city proposal to let Access-A-Ride vans use bus lanes to speed up trips for riders with disabilities:

The Department of Transportation is considering a proposal to let Access-a-Ride (AAR) vehicles utilize the city’s bus lanes — an effort to speed up trips for users of the MTA program for disabled commuters, which has been plagued by complaints of slow and inefficient service.

Advocates have been urging the city for the last few years to allow AAR cars into bus lanes, saying the change would help provide faster trips for customers, many of whom rely on AAR because of disabilities that prevent them from taking other public transit options. Trips through the service are often painstakingly slow, users say — rides are shared, so drivers frequently take circuitous routes to pick up other customers, making riders late for work and other engagements.

“It is a huge mess, so we are looking to improve that huge mess in any which way we can,” says Ruth Lowenkron, director of the Disability Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. “People with disabilities who use Access-a-Ride are having the slowest transportation in the city, so if anyone needs access to speed, it is that group.”

Read the full story here.

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