Disabled Long Islanders, officials call for more LIRR elevators

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AMITYVILLE -

Some disabled Long Islanders and elected officials gathered at the Long Island Rail Road station in Amityville to call for elevators to be installed at all LIRR stations. 

Currently, there are seven stations in Nassau and Suffolk without elevators. That includes four consecutive stations on the Babylon branch.

"The Long Island Rail Road for the last couple of years have made use of the term 'watch the gap.' They have created here, in four stations, a very significant gap. And those people with disabilities have been denied use of the railroad," said state Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford). 

In response, the railroad said its stations are in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act since structures built before 1990 are grandfathered in.

In a statement, it said, "The LIRR takes accessibility very seriously and is constantly striving to improve access for all riders. Ninety percent of LIRR's riders use a station that's accessible to the mobility-impaired, and more are on the way."

Five more elevator installations are forthcoming, according to the LIRR.
 

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