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Mr. LIPINSKI. Of these stations that you have on your rapid transit line, these stations that you have made accessible, have there been any of these stations that are elevated stations?
Mr. DOWNEY. Yes.
Mr. DOWNEY. Of the ones that are completed to date, I believe two or three are elevated stations.
Mr. LIPINSKI. Do you know what the cost has been in regards to those?
Mr. DOWNEY. I could provide that for the record.
Mr. DOWNEY. They were within that range of the $2 million to $5 million. We had to put elevators up direct from the street. One of those is at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem.
Mr. LIPINSKI. If this legislation passes in the form that it is in at the present time, and you have 465 stations, total, and you have probably got 450, we will say, left to make accessible, do you think you can do that in twenty years?
Mr. DOWNEY. It would not be our expectation that all 465 or any number like that would be made accessible. We would continue the process, we believe, at the pace we have been undertaking it. We are heartened by the comments in the report on the Senate bill as well as the Administration's view that the current program we are undertaking, in their judgment, would satisfy the goals of this leg. islation.
Mr. LIPINSKI. Do you have a paratransit operating in New York City, also?
Mr. DOWNEY. It is not our system, but under the same legislation, the state required that a Transportation Disabled Committee be set up including representation from the city, from ourselves, from the state and from the disabled community. They have managed the process of implementing a city-sponsored paratransit system.
It has been operating or a pilot basis in the borough of Manhattan and, within a few weeks, will begin on a city-wide basis. As I said, it is run by the city. Under the legislation, they diverted some of the taxes that otherwise would have gone to us to fund this system. Their budget is somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million a year to provide this paratransit service.
Mr. LIPINSKI. The system, could you give me a little more detail on how it operates?
· Mr. Downey. It would be a contracted system with private operators. It would provide trips on a subscription basis for regular uses and on a reservation basis for occasional. users. There would be some limitation on time. It would operate eight to twelve hours per day, would have approximately 130 vehicles, and would charge fares comparable to the fares charged for regular users, $1.00 to $2.00 for a trip.
Mr. LIPINSKI. Do you have any figures on the pilot program, in Manhattan?
Mr. DOWNEY. I don't. I have figures estimated by the city that their expectation is that this aggregate of four burroughs would serve about 500,000 trips a year on a budget of $10 million, which works out something like $20 per trip.
Mr. LIPINSKI. That would take in four burroughs. Mr. DOWNEY. That would cover four burroughs. Later on, Staten Island would be added. I think the plan is to add them early next year.
Mr. LIPINSKI. Thank you very much.
Mr. LOUWERSE. Thank you.
STATEMENT OF THE
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SEPTEMBER 20, 1989
2167 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
American Public Transit Association
APTA WITNESS TEAM
SUBMITTING STATEMENT ON H.R. 2273,
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION
BEFORE THE PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SURFACE TRANSPORTATION
OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIRMAN MINETA, MR. SHUSTER, AND DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. MY NAME IS MORT DOWNEY. I AM CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION'S FEDERAL POLICY AND PROCEDURES SUBCOMMITTEE. I AM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER OF THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY IN NEW YORK CITY. I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR BEFORE YOUR SUBCOMMITTEE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSIT
ASSOCIATION, OR APTA.
I WILL TRY TO BRIEFLY PRESENT APTA'S VIEWS
ON H.R. 2273, THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.
WHICH IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY IS PREPARED TO
ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE SUBCOMMITTEE.
APTA IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION REPRESENTING LOCAL MASS
APTA REPRESENTS MORE THAN 400 PUBLIC AND
PRIVATE TRANSIT SYSTEMS, AND MORE THAN 430 MANUFACTURERS,
THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY HAS ACHIEVED SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN MEETING AND SERVING THE NEEDS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND