Diversity on the MTA Board got a boost Monday when Gov. Kathy Hochul inked a bill requiring to have a member with a disability going forward.
The bill signed into law requires one of the governor’s six appointees to the policymaking board of North America’s largest transit agency be a person whose disability requires them to use public transit. Nearly a million New York City residents are disabled in some form, and their experience on mass transit is vastly limited compared to non-disabled riders.
“For decades, the disability rights movement has said loud and clear: nothing about us without us,” Hochul said in a statement. “I’m committed to improving accessibility across the MTA’s network of buses, trains and subways. This new law will ensure the disability community has a voice and a seat at the table in deciding the future of transit in New York.”