NYS Senator Luis Sepulveda and NYS Assembly Member Karines Reyes held a press conference this morning at the Parkchester number 6 train station regarding their petition calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to add Parkchester train station to the list of stations approved for capital improvements in its 5 year capital plan due October 1, 2019. The Press Conference was attended by Parkchester residents, senior citizens, disability and transit advocates.
Senator Sepulveda, who has been a strong advocate for this cause said he has been to the governor’s office multiple times and more confident about having elevator installed since Albany is now in the hands of democrats. He has been constantly pushing for this elevator for several now.
Assemblywoman Reyes echoed her colleague by saying, “The Senator and I have been talking to the governor’s office to make sure they remember us. We’ve been pushing on the back end.”
Among the attendees were two long time disability advocates, Daniel Poro of Bronx Community Board 9 and Mr. Dustin Jones of CI DNY.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990 and was expanded in 2010.
- The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all places that are open to the general public.
- The Bronx has the fewest ADA-compliant train stations, aside from Staten Island.
- The 6 train line is the only subway line that services the borough’s easternmost neighborhoods.
- Parkchester Station was renovated in 2011 but DID NOT address the issue of accessibility.
Sepulveda and Reyes are calling for Elevator at Parkchester Subway Station.Sepulveda and Reyes are calling for Elevator at Parkchester Subway Station