Advocates for Homeless Sue N.Y.C. Subway System Over Covid Rules
Advocates for the homeless in New York City on Friday sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over a series of Kovid-19 states court case People taking shelter in the city’s subways unfairly target them.
The rules prohibit people from service after stopping for more than an hour at a metro station or being ejected from a train, and prohibits trains longer or wider than 30 inches. They were enacted on an emergency basis last April and made permanent in September.
Last spring, epidemics and shutdowns evacuated regular passengers’ subways, and dozens of transit workers died of coronovirus. Images of trains make homeless people sleepy With the spread of their belongings became the symbol of a city in crisis and Andrew M. for cleaning the government every night. Helped to close Cuomo.
Rule’ Stated objectives To “protect public health and safety”, help first responders work and “maintain social distance.” But the rules exempt a number of activities from the one-hour limit – including public speaking, campaigning, deleting, artistic performances and collecting money for religious or political reasons – as “clearly articulating” what their true purpose is. Homeless people have to be excluded from the subway, the suit says.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project picture The Homeless and a homeless man named Berry Simon.
Mr. Simon was ordered by police to rest at a station “dozens of times” and threatened to be arrested several times, according to the lawsuit. 54-year-old Mr Simon was removed from the stations at least 10 times because the car he held his property in was too large, the suit says.
Because people experiencing homelessness in New York City are absolutely black and Latina and people with disabilities, the rules violate state human and civil rights law, the suit says. It also states that the rules were made without proper review.
A spokesperson for the MTA, Abbie Collins, said in a statement, “We are reviewing the lawsuit that we first learned in the press. We will vigorously defend the rules in court to protect the health and safety of customers and employees in the midst of a global pandemic. “
Homeless people have become a hot-button issue of people using the subway as a fact of life for a long time in New York. Many homeless people now escape the city’s barrack-style group shelters out of fear of contracting coronoviruses. While the city is adding hundreds of private rooms to the shelter system in hotels, competition rules and night closures Some people left to choose Between sleeping outside in winter and taking your chances in group shelters.