Don’t Forget Us
(The following is a letter I am forwarding to Douglas Sussman, Deputy Director of Government and Community Affairs for the MTA, which will become part of the official record for the June 23, 1999 Public Hearing wherein the MTA will Request Federal Financial Assistance Under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century for Federal Fiscal Year 2000, Capital Improvement Projects.
I thought the contents would be of interest to your readers).
Dear Mr. Sussman:
I am writing to express my concerns about the MTA's request for financial
assistance to the Federal Transit Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
I applaud the MTA for their plan to enhance and upgrade many of the trains, buses and stations throughout New York City and the surrounding communities. However, I must object to the omission of the A-Line, Far Rockaway Train Station for ADA station accessibility funding. The Rockaway Peninsula is a geographically-isolated area that suffers from
a lack of accessible public transportation. The Far Rockaway community is
home to one of the largest senior citizen populations in all of New York
City. Unfortunately, they are denied access to the subway system because
the Far Rockaway Station has a large, steep staircase leading to the elevated train platform. These seniors and disabled residents of my community are denied the transportation options readily available to countless other residents of New York City, because the Far Rockaway Train Station is not handicapped accessible.
To add insult to injury, no Far Rockaway A-Train stop in Rockaway is handicapped accessible. One must go to Beach 116 street and use the A-Line Rockaway Park. This is a travesty no New Yorker should be forced to endure.
I implore you to include the A-Line Far Rockaway Train Station in your Federal Fiscal Year 2000 Capital Improvement Projects Plan
AUDREY I. PHEFFER
Member of Assembly