A mom died after falling down subway stairs with her baby in a stroller — and New Yorkers are demanding accessibility from public transit.
22-year-old Malaysia Goodson was walking down stairs inside a midtown subway station. She had to carry her stroller down the steps with her one-year-old daughter, Rhylee, inside. Goodson fell and reportedly tried shielding the stroller from the crash — Rhylee survived the fall, but Goodson died at the hospital.
“We need elevators at every single subway station,” said CIDNY executive director Susan Dooha. “If we had these elevators, mothers with children in strollers would not have to be climbing up and down the stairs, risking their own lives and the lives of their children.”
The 7th Avenue/53rd St subway station is one of 117 stations in New York City without elevator access. Only a quarter of NYC’s 472 subway stations have elevators, which suffer an average of 53 breakdowns a year.
NYC’s subway system is currently undergoing massive renovations. The plan would add accessibility to systems, but is estimated to cost $40 billion over 10 years. The city’s transit system was sued in 2017 for being inaccessible — the lawsuit is still ongoing.
“It’s absolutely unconscionable that New York City in our lawsuit has not agreed to settle,” stated Dooha.