The soap opera of NYC Transit’s out-of-service escalator epidemic took another step forward this week. On Monday, I noted the recent spate of stories about the sorry state of many subway escalators. A few hours later, the Straphangers called upon NYC Transit to issue a public accounting of all its escalators, privately owned and maintained or not. Gene Russianoff, head of the Straphangers Campaign, hopes that a public list could help put pressure on delinquent operators who won’t fix their escalators. [AMNY Subway Tracker Blog]
I have to say, the escalator issue at the 53rd and lex station is terrible. That is one long escalator.
[…] To residents of the area, the terrible conditions of this elevator are not a secret. Brooklyn Enthusiastic bemoaned the sorry state of the elevators over a year ago. The MTA’s problems with auxiliary equipment stretch well beyond one elevator in Brooklyn. As I’ve detailed over the last few weeks, the MTA’s escalators have garnered a lot of attention lately, and the Straphangers Campaign called upon the MTA to fix the system’s numerous broken escalators. […]
[…] When last we checked in on the MTA’s escalator problem in May, a few local New York papers had documented rampant elevator outages throughout the subway system, and The New York Times had issued a stunning indictment of the MTA’s escalators and elevators. The Straphangers Campaign jumped on the bandwagon, urging New York City Transit to audit their escalators. […]