LIRR stations to become more ADA-compliant thanks to $1.75 billion in federal funding

The White House announced Tuesday that it is giving $1.75 billion in funding to improve railroad stations across the country.

News 12 Staff

Jul 26, 2022, 9:44 PM

Updated 666 days ago

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Some Long Island Rail Road stations are set to become more accessible to people with disabilities.
The White House announced Tuesday that it is giving $1.75 billion in funding to improve railroad stations across the country.
At LIRR stations - like the one in Amityville - there are no elevators for disabled individuals to get onto the platform above.
Raymond Harewood, of Amityville, has spinal injuries after serving in the Air Force. He gets around on his scooter, but sometimes takes the train.
"It's not only frustrating - it's not fair to people like me who are handicapped," Harewood says.
Currently 16 LIRR stations out of 124 on Long Island are not Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible - meaning there are no elevators available to accommodate passengers with a disability.
Nadia Holubnyczyj, of Floral Park, says it took years of lobbying for her to get elevators installed at the LIRR station in her hometown.
"We need to ensure that everybody is included," Holubnyczyj says. "This is public transportation, not private transportation."
Harewood and Holubnyczyj hope all LIRR stations and New York City subways will eventually become ADA-compliant or have a universal design so that anyone can ride.
The funding from the White House comes on 32 years to the day of when the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed.


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