NYC DOT is committed to the installation of pedestrian ramps at all corners where they are missing in the City. The Federal government, in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), found that the installation of pedestrian ramps is essential to the integration of individuals with disabilities, particularly those who use wheelchairs, into the commerce of daily life.
In January 1994, the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA) instituted an action against the City for alleged violations of Title II of the ADA related to planning for and installation of pedestrian ramps. In 2002, a Stipulation of Settlement was signed and the NYC DOT has continued to budget $20 Million every year towards the new installation of pedestrian ramps at all unramped corners in NYC.
To date, the City has installed pedestrian ramps at 157,161 corners (reflecting 96.8% percent of the City's 162,355 corners). The City's first priority has been to install ramps in the most heavily traveled sections of the City as well as other locations regularly used by individuals with disabilities. The remaining corners missing pedestrian ramps require complex construction due to obstacles such as light poles, catch basins, Transit Authority vaults, etc. Installation of pedestrian ramps at these corners is more expensive and requires more time to complete construction. NYC DOT is committed to achieving accessibility at all corners at all five boroughs.Pedestrian Ramp (Upgrades)
Accessibility and pedestrian safety continue to be a major priority for NYC DOT. With the installation of pedestrian ramps at 96.8% of the City's corners, NYC DOT is focused on upgrading pedestrian ramps to meet current ADA standards. In FY 17, the NYC DOT has budgeted $60 Million to upgrade pedestrian ramps using in-house construction crews and Capital contracts to meet current ADA standards throughout the City. Full text of 2016 NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT in ped ramp lawsuit (pdf)