In new proposed subway elevators, some see a terrorism risk

The possibility of new glass subway elevators on Broad Street in Lower Manhattan is hailed by the disabled community, but local residents feel that they could be reduced to shrapnel in the event of a terrorist attack, reports Sarah Maslin Nir in the New York Times.

Disabled access to NYC’s subway system is among the worst in the country, with fewer than one in five stations being wheelchair accessible.

Broad Street being home to the NY Stock Exchange and other terrorist targets, as well as being a residential street, sparks security concerns.

The city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority held an inspection of the site of the proposed elevators last year that found no additional risk from the new structures. The Community Board’s land use committee unanimously approved of the elevators.

The proposed elevator project is now accepting public comments.

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