Saturday, October 9, 2010
Subway escalators frequently broken
From Fox 5:
Roughly one out of 11 escalators in the MTA system is broken and one escalator in Midtown Manhattan is broken one day out of three. MTA records indicate one of the four escalators at the F train subway station at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue is broken 33 percent of the time.
One of four escalators at the bustling 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue E train stop is not a favorite of riders. During the morning rush hour when commuters of the E train exit they bunch up so much that they are close to the edge. Some commuters worry about being hurt. Losing one of four escalators at this station forces commuters to pile up like sardines in a can at the other escalators.
The MTA said it is waiting for parts to repair the 63rd Street and Lexington escalators. Two escalators are broken and should be repaired October 20 and November 18, 2010.
The MTA said the escalator at 53rd Street and Lexington is operated by a private company.