If you pass through the East Broadway Station with any regularity, you know that the escalator leading up from the F Train platform is frequently out of order.
The office of State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou has been receiving lots of complaints about the situation. Earlier this week, she sent a letter to New York City Transit President Andy Byford, asking the MTA to, “provide a plan to repair this escalator and make it reliable.” Here’s more from the letter:
Given the many Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) in the area, the East Broadway station is central to the Lower East Side community and serves dozens of seniors. It is unfair for my constituents to have to plan their entire days around whether or not the escalator is working at this subwaystation, especially if they experience mobility issues. While we appreciate the updates your office provided during March informing us when the escalator was down for maintenance, it is critical that the MTA work to make this escalator more reliable, particularly since we continue to hear from constituents about the escalator being down frequently and affecting their commutes.
In 2014, the MTA replaced this escalator. It took the transit authority a year-and-a-half to complete the job. But the problems have persisted.
East Broadway Station Escalator by The Lo-Down on Scribd
This morning at the East Broadway station. Photo via Vinny M’s twitter feed.
As we reported earlier, the escalator at the East Broadway station isn’t working this morning. After being closed for a year-and-a-half, the new escalator began rolling late yesterday. But commuters this morning have been telling us that it’s now stopped, forcing people to walk up to street level. Here’s some photographic evidence, via Vinny M’s twitter feed.
UPDATED 1:34 P.M.
East Broadway near Rutgers Street; Con Ed crews are on the scene.
Allan Drury, a spokesperson for Con Ed, says the utility has crews on the scene, where they’re trying to repair a problem with an electrical cable leading to the East Broadway subway station. The outage is impacting the escalator, as well as lighting in the station.
After a year-and-a-half out of commission, the escalator at the East Broadway station is running tonight. The MTA shut down the old escalator in June of 2012. Following many delays, local residents and elected officials began making some noise about the situation in recent weeks. A rally was staged outside the station a couple of weeks ago. While many people will be celebrating the opening, locals have launched a broader campaign for a complete revamp of the decaying East Broadway station. You can read about that here. Thanks to @twobridgesnyc for the tip this evening!
UPDATED 2/21 9:09 a.m.: Not so fast. Commuters are reporting this morning that the escalator is not working today. More to come…