In anticipation of the opening of the new Citi Field stadium, New York City Transit (NYCT) has now added a ramp at the Mets-Willets Point station to the side platform (Flushing-bound, south side) which connects to the street level. On game days and for special events at Citi Field the subway doors will open to both the center and side platforms (90 minutes before and 90 minutes after the game or event). After the game, passengers using the ramp will have to take the subway one stop to the Flushing-Main Street station and either stay on board or transfer to the next rain leaving for Manhattan.
While some people in the disabled community complained about the added stop of the return trip, most are pleased that at last persons in wheelchairs can take the subway to the stadium.
It should be noted that the Mets-Willets Point station has previously not been accessible. It is not a “key” station, i.e., not required under the ADA settlement of 1992 to be made accessible; nor has it had enough weekday ridership (it ranks 394th out of 422 stations complexes) to warrant the significant investment it would take to make the station fully accessible.