When Citi Field opens later tonight, Mets fans long used to the odd configuration of the Shea Stadium subway stop will find themselves facing a renovated station. While the station — with its new Mets-Willets Point name and $15 million makeover — is now somewhat handicapped accessible, it features a few odd quirks. For instance, the wheel chair ramp services only the Main St.-Flushing-bound platform. Mets fans leaving for Manhattan will have to ride a 7 train one stop and then transfer to a Manhattan-bound train.
As Heather Haddon details in Urbanite, disabled rider advocates are not happy about this odd configuration. “It should have been made a priority,” Michael Harris, head of the Disabled Riders Coalition, said to Haddon. “I’m frustrated. This was an opportunity to try to make the station right,” John Sheehan echoed. “If you sit in a game for two or three hours, you want to go home like everybody else.”
For its part, New York City Transit recognizes that this set-up is less than ideal, but as Haddon notes, even half of an accessible station is better than fully inaccessible station. “We have been able to take the first step into making this station at least partly accessible,” NYC Transit President Howard Roberts said to the amNew York reporter.