16 Nov 2021
How can NYC’s public transit be made more accessible?

President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is good news in the long term for NYC’s ailing subway system. But in the meantime, disabled users continued to be failed by the city’s transit network. So, how can private sector businesses support these riders and make a positive social impact?

Alexandria La Flair is a community organizer for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, which helps people with disabilities find the benefits they need while also reducing barriers to access. Her work focuses on Access-A-Ride advocacy and policy, where she collaborates with local and state-wide disability groups and politicians.

Jessica Murray received her PhD in developmental psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020. Her dissertation, ‘Self-Determination in Transportation: the Route to Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities’, explores the role of basic psychological needs in transportation environments. She is the interim chair for the NYCT Advisory Committee for Transportation Accessibility.

Alexandra Pucciarelli is a writer/archivist based in New York. She has written for Tablet Magazine, Blood + Milk, and Brooklyn Magazine. Her research interests range from popular culture to disability rights and archival ethics.