Turn to Tara: Disabled riders can't access MTA stationPosted: Updated:
A Turn to Tara probe reveals a commuting nightmare for many Metropolitan Transportation Authority riders with disabilities.
News 12 investigative reporter Tara Rosenblum spoke with people who claim the train station in Suffern is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Just under 700 riders make their way through the Suffern station daily, but Zachary Masters, who uses a wheelchair, is not among them. He points out that getting to the station's ticket booth and bathrooms is impossible for people with mobility disabilities.
Masters says the closest handicap-accessible station is about 20 minutes away in New Jersey.
Last fall, Masters sent a letter to Metro-North officials pleading for improvements. Metro-North owns the Suffern station but pays New Jersey Transit to operate it. He says the letter went unanswered.
State Sen. David Carlucci agrees and says his office has directly documented multiple ADA violations at the station.
News 12 estimates there are tens of thousands of Rockland County residents who could benefit from ADA-compliant upgrades. About 1 in 5 people in the county has a disability.
It remains unclear as to when the repairs will happen.
New Jersey Transit refused to answer News 12's repeated inquiries.
*Editor Update: The MTA has since reached News 12 informing us that NJ Transit owns the station.