MTA Fall Leads To Calls For Change
Disability leaders in New York City are citing the tragic death of a mother forced to use the stairs at an elevator-free subway station as evidence of the pressing need to make the famed system more accessible. On Jan. 28, Malaysia Goodson, a 22-year-old mother, fell trying to take her 1-year-old daughter’s stroller down the stairs at the Seventh Avenue B/D/E station. Goodson’s daughter was not injured.
Lack of access at this subway station is implicated in the death of a young mother with a stroller.
Susan Dooha, the executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, dismissed the MTA’s pledges to prioritize accessibility at a rally held outside the station Jan. 30. “If the MTA wants to assure the public that this matter will be addressed finally and forever, they would come and put that down on paper with precise details and a timetable and one that is enforceable by the courts,” she said. “They would not leave the air filled with promises that may never be realized.”
According to a recent report from the city comptroller’s office, only 118 stations, or about a quarter of the MTA’s subway system, are accessible via an elevator. There are about 200,000 mobility-impaired residents in the city as well as another 340,000 seniors and 200,000 children younger than 5.