Signal 1: ‘No country for old men’

For a city like New York which has the most well connected subway systems in the world, the analysis of accessibility to the old and disabled in the system turns out to be quite surprising. Out of the 474 stations across the city, only 114 (24%) have proper facilities for the disabled and elderly in them. The neighborhoods like South Brooklyn and Astoria are among the worst affected. For a city with 8.5 million people, these facts are worrisome because as a result of poor accessibility, a large number of people with disabilities may not be able to go to work, further leading to economic and social problems.

Making all the subway stations accessible is a humongous task that would take enormous amount of resources and planning. One less burdensome and practical solution to this problem could be making changes to those stations which are most frequented by the disabled and old people. Using data about the demographics of the different neighborhoods in the city, areas where the changes are most required can be identified. Machine learning can also be incorporated to get an idea about the growing trends in population and further to validate the efficacy of the solution by testing the socio-economic factors.

References:

“MTA Guide to Accessible Transit”. New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved March 8,2010.

“Service Denied: Accessibility and the New York City Subway System”. Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. July 17, 2018. Retrieved 2018–07–21.