NYLPI and Other Disability Groups Protest MTA Fair Hike

December 22, 2020

Disability Justice, News

Access-A-Ride vehicle in New York

NYLPI and numerous disability rights organizations urged the MTA not to increase subway, bus, or paratransit (Access-A-Ride) fares. In a letter to MTA Chair Patrick J. Foye and his fellow board members, signatories reminded the MTA of its favorable response to disability rights groups in 2017 and 2019, when we similarly requested no increase to the base fare. The groups noted that “an increase would unfairly penalize riders who can least afford an increase … especially during these difficult economic times.” Emphasizing the plight of paratransit riders, the advocates forcefully wrote: “the vast majority of Access-A-Ride riders are still dealing with substandard service that is consistent only in its unreliability – with the added frustration that riders must make reservations a day ahead for a service that is the only way they can get to work, school, medical care and social activities,” adding that “Access-A-Ride users and those buying the base fare already pay more per ride than subway and bus riders who buy weekly or monthly passes, since they can’t take advantage of those MTA benefits.”

The advocacy letter follows testimony delivered by Access-A-Ride Campaign Coordinator and Organizer Eman Rimawi protesting the fair hikes, covered on Pix 11.

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