As reported by Mary Frost in The Eagle, the MTA has made upgrading the York Street subway station in DUMBO, which serves the F line (and during what seem to be frequent route diversions, the A and C lines as well), “low on its list of priorities”. Asked why, at a Zoom town hall sponsored by Councilmember Lincoln Restler, “MTA engineers” said that making the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act “would be enormously expensive”. The station is not a high priority for ADA compliance because it is close to the Jay Street-MetroTech station, which is compliant.
In the Eagle story, Ms. Frost quotes DUMBO resident Ardele Lister, whose then teenaged daughter, along with about 140 other passengers, had to be evacuated from a train at York Street because of a “smoky fire” in July of 2003. Ms. Lister noted that DUMBO’s population is growing, meaning more people are using the station, creating what she called “[a] disaster waiting to happen.” DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance president Doreen Gallo observed, “This is a most dangerous situation created by our city agencies over decades of upzoning without planning for people. Now the MTA is forced to react.” Mr. Restler said the condition of the York Street station is both “a public safety issue” and “an economic development issue” as it is “limiting the growth of the DUMBO community based on the capacity constraints at York Street station”.