NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Disability advocates rallied Wednesday morning ahead of a court hearing on access to the subway system.

Dozens held signs and chanted for accessibility rights on the steps of the state courthouse.

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Several groups are suing the MTA, claiming it systematically excludes people with disabilities by not providing access to stations. They say only about a quarter are handicap accessible.

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“Subway elevators will benefit everyone: Seniors, pregnant mothers, and people with luggage. Lack of transportation access is a violation of our rights,” said Monica Bartley of the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York.

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Two related cases which charge violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are in the federal court system