Earlier this week, 12 passengers were trapped in an elevator at 168th St. when the only means of travel to and from the platform stalled mid flight. The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon at 4:11 p.m., and those trapped were finally rescued at 5:20 p.m. In amNew York today, Heather Haddon explores how elevator failures have plagued the MTA. The article — available only in this PDF for now — alleges that the MTA suffered through 91 elevator outages from January through March this year. That total represents an increase of 18 percent from the same time period last year.
For Transit, elevator woes are nothing new. A 2008 examination of the elevators by The Times revealed how the MTA’s $1-billion elevator investment didn’t pay off. Nearly two-thirds of all elevators had problems over the course of a year, and the repair costs were astronomical. And that’s why I take the stairs.