NYLPI challenges Fair Fares program for discriminating against people with disabilities

December 30, 2019

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

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An article in the Queens Daily Eagle covered NYLPI’s challenge to the City’s new reduced-fare transit program, Fair Fares, quoting NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Schuyler:

But the program will leave out Access-A-Ride users, according to NYLPI. The attorneys say the program keeps some people with disabilities from receiving discounted transit fare because they rely on Access-A-Ride’s wheelchair-accessible vehicles to take them to points across New York City.

“While we applaud the goals of the Fair Fares program to reduce transit costs to certain low-income New Yorkers, the program currently excludes otherwise qualified Access-A-Ride riders,” Christopher Schuyler, a senior staff attorney with the Disability Justice program at NYLPI, told the Eagle.

For many people with disabilities, affordable transit is essential for enjoying social activities, receiving healthcare and traveling to work, Schuyler added.

“Unemployment is disproportionately high among people with disabilities. Many are below the federal poverty level, according to U.S. Census Data — particularly people with disabilities who belong to certain racial minority groups,” Schuyler said. “Those people would especially benefit from being included in the Fair Fares program.”

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“For many people with disabilities who are unable to use the subway system, Access-A-Ride is the only system available,” Schuyler added.

Click below to read the full article:

Fair fares is unfair for disabled New Yorkers, lawyers say

By Jonathan Sperling
December 30, 2019

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