New York City Transit: 30 Years after the ADA - TransitCenter

New York City Transit: 30 Years after the ADA

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Enacted 30 years ago this month, the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity and access for people with disabilities. While transit agencies like the MTA have made strides in the past three decades, there’s a tremendous amount of work ahead to realize the promise of this landmark legislation.

Last year the MTA laid out the goal of achieving full subway accessibility by 2034, starting with 70 newly accessible stations in its 2020-24 Capital Program. The effort was buoyed by the recent appointment of Victor Calise to the MTA Board, the only current board member with a self-disclosed disability.

At the same time, the MTA is grappling with severe financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic that cast uncertainty over construction projects and threaten to delay capital upgrades.

Join us as we discuss the challenges of navigating the subway with a disability and the path forward to make the subway fully accessible for all New Yorkers.


Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities & MTA Board Member

Jessica De La Rosa, Systems Advocate, Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled

Sarah Feinberg, Interim President, New York City Transit


Colin Wright, Senior Advocacy Associate, TransitCenter

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ASL interpretation and closed-captioning will be provided on this Zoom webinar.