NY suit: Help transit riders with limited English

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Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:43 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit says it's seeking to end discrimination by the New York City Transit Authority against people with limited English who try to use a program providing transportation to those with disabilities.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. It seeks class action status to end what it says is a discriminatory policy and practice involving the city's Access-A-Ride program. Access-A-Ride provides vans for tens of thousands of people as a substitute for subways and buses.

Five named plaintiffs maintain they've encountered barriers, delays, denials and discrimination when they apply to the program. They say they were denied equal access to public transportation and suffered emotional harm.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman Judie Glave said the agency does not comment on litigation.