A number of metropolitan transit officials are starting to realize the financial burden they say will be created by a federally mandated program designed to improve access to public transportation for those with physical disabilities.

Officials in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston said the Americans with Disabilities Act, while necessary, was not written with cost in mind. They said they expect several billion dollars of public debt will be needed within the next five to 10 years to comply with the regulations.

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