November 1, 2021
NEWARK, NJ — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey today reached a settlement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Port Authority) to resolve findings that the rail station at Newark Liberty International Airport is not accessible to individuals with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
“The Department of Justice upholds and protects the civil rights of all those who live in or travel through New Jersey,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said. “Through the settlement announced today, this Office removes a significant barrier that prevented people with disabilities from fully accessing a rail station that is a gateway to travel all over the world. We welcome Port Authority’s commitment to bring Newark Liberty International Rail Station into compliance with the ADA, and we will continue our work to ensure that no one is denied access to any of the rights and accommodations our Constitution and laws ensure.”
Under this agreement, the Port Authority has committed to make Newark Liberty International Rail Station accessible to individuals with disabilities. To ensure equal access for people with disabilities, the Port Authority must modify multiple areas of the rail station, including physical modifications to multiple platforms, waiting areas, and restrooms.
Individuals who believe they may have been victims of discrimination may file a complaint with the U.S Attorney’s Office at http://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/civil-rights-enforcement/complaint or call the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Hotline at (855) 281-3339. Additional information about the ADA can be found at www.ada.gov, or by calling the Department of Justice’s toll-free ADA information line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael E. Campion, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Unit in Newark, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin Vassallo, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division.