Let us all celebrate the 32nd Anniversary for the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law by former President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. This coincides with the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on July 27th.
This is an opportunity for New Jersey Transit and other transit agencies around the nation to apply for a share of the $343 million under the new national competitive All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP). Funds can be used to pay for station rehabilitation work including elevators, ramps, along with visual or audible aids to assist riders in accessing the system. The deadline to apply is September 30,2022. The program will total $1.75 billion over five years.
Here are two more ways NJ Transit can obtain financial support to pay for bringing more stations into compliance. NJ Transit receives almost $1.billion in annual assistance from various Federal Transit Administration grant funding programs. Why not ask any major business, college or hospital who benefit from subway stations adjacent to their facility to sponsor installation of elevator(s). Let them split the cost 50% with NJ Transit in exchange for naming rights to the elevator(s).
Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and and writer who previously worked for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.