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.