Wednesday, May 21, 2008

If it's broke, don't let the MTA fix it!

New York City Transit has spent close to $1 billion to install more than 200 new elevators and escalators in the subway system since the early 1990s, and it plans to spend almost that much again for dozens more machines through the end of the next decade. It is an investment of historic dimensions, aimed at better serving millions of riders and opening more of the subway to the disabled.

These are the results:

-One of every six elevators and escalators in the subway system was out of service for more than a month last year, according to the transit agency’s data.

-The 169 escalators in the subway averaged 68 breakdowns or repair calls each last year, with the worst machines logging more than double that number. And some of the least reliable escalators in the system are also some of the newest, accumulating thousands of hours out of service for what officials described as a litany of mechanical flaws.

-Two-thirds of the subway elevators — many of which travel all of 15 feet — had at least one breakdown last year in which passengers were trapped inside.

$1 Billion Later, New York’s Subway Elevators Still Fail


Anonymous said...

the mta going nowhere


CntrySigns said...

It's the same old story. Outside contractors bid on the project and the lowest cost wins! They don't have to guarantee their work so if it breaks down another group of companies bids on it to fix.

Its the same way our roads get "fixed".