Brittany ComakJun 27, 2018, 3:31 pmJun 27, 2018, 3:33 pm

Lawsuit: LIRR has violations against Americans With Disabilities Act

Riders with disabilities allege lack of assistance to meet their needs and stories of discrimination by MTA workers


HOLTSVILLE — In a new class action lawsuit against the MTA, a group of people with disabilities are alleging "long standing and systemic discrimination" by the organization against those with disabilities.

One of the main two things contained in the lawsuit that lawyer James Bahamonde, who himself is paralyzed, says need to be changed is more time allotted for disabled people to get to their train when it is announced at Penn Station. Bahamonde says the change in allotted time is needed instead of the 10-minute window, given the time it takes to find an elevator, and a worker to help assist them getting on the train.

Also needed is the use of the bridge plates to help those with disabilities get on and off the train. The plates are supposed to bridge the gap between train and platform. They say they are often not used, sometimes leaving a disabled passenger unable to get on or off.

Others told their own stories of feeling discriminated against and abandoned because of their impairments by MTA workers, and experiences of getting off at a train with no working elevator, and feeling trapped.

FiOS1 News reached out to the MTA for comment on the lawsuit, but has not yet heard back.

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