Raise the Fare or Raise the Roof?

By Natalie Montalvan

too tall for subway
Steven Olin-Dabrowski, standing at six feet five inches tall, barely misses the sign above his head.

“Eat your vegetables so you can grow big and strong.” You’ve heard parents telling their children this to get them to eat their greens.

So what happens if you grow so tall that your height becomes an everyday inconvenience?

Walking through the New York City subway system challenges the tallest passengers. Martin Persia is 6 foot 6 and rides the A train regularly to get to his school in midtown Manhattan. “The A train used to use these model trains that the C train currently uses, and they would have a section where it’s actually lower-leveled, and so it would just fit me or sometimes I would have to tilt my head a little.”

Like many others, Persia ducks and dives in order to steer clear of signs or entryways that may be too low.

According to the Americans With Disabilities Act, under the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, objects are prohibited from “protruding into accessible routes at or below 80 inches above the ground.” It looks like Persia just made the cut. Unfortunately, those slightly taller than Persia run into obstacles.