This morning I went to the grand reopening of the Smith and 9th Street Subway Station. It has been closed for about 2 years for a major rehabilitation. This was not an easy fix because it is the highest Subway Station in the world.. Really. For reasons I can fathom it was build over a draw bridge. Really "With an elevation of 87.5 feet (26.7 m), this station is the highest subway station in the world. This elevation was required by now-defunct navigation regulations for tall-mast shipping on the Gowanus Canal. "
Because the subway platform is actually over a road (that is over a canal) you really can't use elevators, there has to be escalators. Well, there could be elevators but that might have added a few hundred million dollars to the cost of the project.
OK, the old station was at ground level.
It was a dump, but it was accessible to people who could not walk up or down stairs.
Now it looks great, but you can't get to the escalator without going up 3 steps.
When things were winding down, one of the advocates for the disables asked our Borough President why there are no ramps. I heard him say "Don't worry, their not done yet." What does he know, he has nothing to do with the Subway. It is a New York State Agency. What are they gonna do, rip out the new stairs to build a ramp.
Anyway, it is gonna be a tourist attraction.
(Update, after I slept on what I posted.)
I don't think those 3 steps are really a big deal. The escalators don't go all the way up to the platform. There is still an entire flight to walk up. Putting a ramp there wont help at all.