Suffolk Independent Living Organization v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of James E. Bahamonde filed a federal lawsuit on April 23, 2019 against the MTA and LIRR on behalf of Raymond Harewood, David Rodriguez, Gina Barbara, and the Suffolk Independent Living Organization, holding the agencies accountable for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). At the Amityville, Copiague, and Lindenhurst stations on the LIRR’s Babylon line, there are no elevators, which prevents these passengers from taking the LIRR.
The MTA and LIRR completed their most recent renovations of the Amityville, Copiague, and Lindenhurst stations in 2016, when it tore out the escalators and replaced them with safer, more reliable, weather-resistant escalators. This triggered a legal duty to make the stations fully accessible to people who use wheelchairs by installing elevators, but the MTA and LIRR failed to do it. Furthermore, the MTA and LIRR have ignored calls for additional elevators, and the stations remain absent from the LIRR’s $5.6 billion, 100-project capital plan.
Plaintiffs do not seek monetary damages, but rather that the LIRR and MTA install elevators in the three stations.