NYC Accessible Transportation Training Study

Participant selection will take place between
July 13 -August 4, 2020

Please complete this short screening survey to determine your eligibility. 


People with disabilities who are over the age of 18 and live in New York City are eligible to participate in this study. Participants will be screened based on additional demographic criteria. You will need access to a computer or smartphone with internet to participate. 


The purpose of the study is to test the learning outcomes of an online training program about public transportation in New York City. The goal is to see how training changes perceptions of public transportation, awareness of accessible transportation options, knowledge of financial supports, and the use of navigation tools. Your participation may help improve informational resources and educational support for using public transportation.

Payment for Participation

Selected participants will be compensated $65 total for their participation in all phases of the study described above under the “Procedures” and “Time Commitment” sections. Participants will receive $40 for completing the initial survey and the online training and $10 for the follow-up survey administered after the training is complete (up to $50 sent as one payment). The remaining $15 payment will be made after completion of the final survey several months after the training course and follow-up survey (planned for November 2020).

Projected enrollment

A maximum of 100 participants will be enrolled in the study.


If you are selected to participate, we will ask you to:

  • Take a preliminary 15-minute online survey.
  • Complete an online training course that consists of 4 topic areas:
    • accessible transportation options;
    • navigation tips;
    • financial supports for transportation;
    • disability rights and transportation. 
  • Complete a 5-10 minute online survey after completing the online training course. 
  • Complete an additional 15-minute survey several months later.

Time Commitment

Participation in this research study is expected to take 2 – 3 hours total over the course of three months (35-45 minutes for surveys and 60-90 minutes for the online training course).

Take the Screening Survey

Potential Risks or Discomforts

There are very few potential risks or discomfort associated with this study. Privacy concerns are a related research risk, which is why an email address or phone number is the only form of personally identifiable information associated with your survey answers. For help with any technical challenges, you can contact the Principal Investigator by email, [email protected], or by text or phone, 214-454-6298. 

Potential Benefits

Data collected may contribute to knowledge about missing supports and inequalities in transportation and may be used for advocacy purposes. Your input on the training will help develop informational resources to help other people with disabilities use public transportation in New York City. 

New Information

You will be notified about any new information regarding this study that may affect your willingness to participate in a timely manner.


We will make our best efforts to maintain the confidentiality of any information that is collected during this research study, and that can identify you. We will disclose this information only with your permission or as required by law. We will protect your confidentiality by maintaining secure data storage and collecting minimal personally identifiable information. The research team, authorized CUNY staff, and government agencies that oversee this type of research may have access to research data and records in order to monitor the research. Research records provided to authorized, non-CUNY individuals will not contain identifiable information about you. Publications and/or presentations that result from this study will not identify you or contain your identifiable information.

Participants’ Rights

Your participation in this research study is entirely voluntary. If you decide not to participate, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. You will be compensated for the completion of each phase of the study, and you are welcome to end your participation at any time.  

Questions, Comments or Concerns

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the research, you can talk to one of the following researchers:

Jessica Murray, Doctoral Student, Developmental PsychologyKristen Gillespie-Lynch, Faculty Advisor, Professor Developmental Psychology

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or you have comments or concerns that you would like to discuss with someone other than the researchers, please call the CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at 646-664-8918 or email [email protected]. Alternately, you can write to:

CUNY Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research
Attn: Research Compliance Administrator
205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017