Settlement Conference in DRA’s New York Elevators Case
December 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This settlement conference will likely take place in Judge Hagler’s Chambers with attorneys only. We welcome your attendance to show support inside or outside the courthouse.
It will take place on December 19 before Judge Shlomo Hagler at the New York State Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007. There is signage to the accessibility entrance on a side street. The event will last from approximately 10 am to 12 pm.
On April 25, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”), Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”), and New York City (“the City”) for their failure to make the subway system programmatically accessible for persons whose mobility and other disabilities restrict them from using stairs. The City’s subway system has long been City’s lifeline, enabling over 6 million people per day to participate in its economic, political, cultural and civic life. Indeed, an average resident of New York depends on subways to carry out a vast array of essential tasks every day of his/her life.
For people with disabilities, however, meaningful access to the subway system has remained all but illusory. The rare accessible stations tend to be spaced out by at least 30 blocks and constitute less than 20 percent of the total number of stations. In numerous parts of the City, residents with disabilities have no access whatsoever. As a result, they remain completely barred from a mode of transportation that has shaped City’s life in a way that is unparalleled elsewhere in the country.
DRA’s ultimate goal is to ensure that the Defendants institute a comprehensive remedial scheme that can meaningfully address this devastating exclusion of people with disabilities from one of the nation’s largest and most important public transportation systems.