Transit accessibility bonus expands to more neighborhoods

A program that offers building bonuses of up to 20% to developers who fund and build elevators in nearby subway stations was expanded Thursday by the City Council to include more transit stations and building projects.

The Zoning for Accessibility program was designed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the City Planning Commission to address the lack of accessibility in the subway system without having to shell out funds. Only about 30% of the 493 subway and Staten Island Railway stations are fully accessible under guidelines established in 1990 by the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

“This is a game-changer for millions of New Yorkers, including seniors, disabled

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