What is the issue?
In order for us to maintain our quality of life as we age, we need elevators and escalators in our subways, buses along major routes, and benches along the commercial blocks of our neighborhood. Signage in buses and subways must designate priority seating for the elderly.
Why is this issue important to our members?
Our mobility and ability to care for ourselves depends on getting around the neighborhood and the city, by public transportation and by walking.
What is GNPS doing about this issue?
We have been working with our Councilman Brad Lander and Assemblyman Robert Carroll to help organize and participate in activities that advocate for these issues. We inform our members of upcoming activities that we feel would be useful for us to participate in. Interested members have spoken at press conferences and other meetings to promote these ideas.
Bench success! We submitted requests for 9 new benches along Seventh Avenue and 5 were approved and installed!
Please enjoy sitting on the new benches:
100B 7th Ave (Union-President)
147 7th Ave (Garfield-Carroll)
160 7th Ave (Garfield-1St)
274 7th Ave (6-7 Streets)
365 7th Ave (10-11 Streets)
Now, where else should we request benches?
A town meeting was held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at John Jay HS auditorium, coordinated by Assemblyman Robert Carroll, featuring Andy Byford, the newly appointed president of the MTA who presented his new “Fast Forward” plan for the MTA. He listened attentively to audience comments, including our Secretary, Jasmine Melzer, who advocated for more inclusive priority seating signage in subway cars to include the elderly and those less able to stand. Our Board Member Margaret Kelly was also able to ask for improved, real time schedule and arrival information and that this data be open source and not limited to a proprietary MTA app.
In 2019 we mobilized our membership to vote for the “downpayment” project for an elevator at 7th Ave which won in this year's Participatory Budgeting, which means that Councilman Lander will be matching that $250,000 with another $250,000. This project is a long way down the road, but helps to keep us on the list of the next 50 subway stations to be made accessible.
How you can help:
If you are interested in this issue, email firstname.lastname@example.org to help organize and participate in activities that advocate for accessible transportation and age friendly streets.