Disabled riders cry foul over faulty subway elevators
Disabled subway riders in The Bronx say they have to rely on a limited number of elevators at local stations, and when they break down, they are left with no way to get around.Out of the 70 subway stations in The Bronx, only nine are equipped with elevators. Rodolfo Diaz says as a disabled person, he has to plan his commute around the few functioning elevators in the borough. "If I get off and the elevator is not working, then I have to figure out a way to go to another train station," he says.Diaz, who has been suffering from spina bifida since birth, works for Bronx Independent Living Services. The nonprofit group helps educate disabled riders about alternative ways to get around. The website of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority lists the status of elevators and escalators at all subways stations.