MTA representatives announced that six subway stations in the Richmond Hill/Ozone Park area would get renovations that were expected to start in December of last year. They made that commitment at several public meetings with community leaders and others, but the project has not yet begun.
I make this public appeal on behalf of the many seniors, kids, disabled, students, workers and everyone in our community who would benefit greatly from an elevator that makes mobility and travel easier, and would love to see this project completed.
The Richmond Hill community is one of the few communities that does not have any escalators or elevators serving subway patrons, and that must change.
The plan was to implement subway renovation projects in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, with the Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard A Train subway station receiving an elevator from street level up to the station.
Several of the platforms along the Lefferts-bound A Train, including the Rockaway Boulevard station, were also slated to receive repairs, including a new paint job and decorated with sculptures from local artists.
The addition of the elevator and platform renovations are, in part, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a matter of customer obligation and due compliance with federal law, this project is long overdue.
Albert Baldeo is a community advocate and district leader.