Monday, May 19, 2008

Subway Escalators Failing the System: Tell Us Something New

As residents of Roosevelt Island where we have 10 escalators and 2 elevators in constant use the news that the MTA is having trouble maintaining these systems across the entire subway system is not a surprise. Just by looking at the maintenance of our systems we would guessed the issues were the same everywhere. The New York Times today, May 19, 2008, is running a multi page story on the state of the system. The piece starts with the following facts of which I am sure Roosevelt Island is a major contributor:

• "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."

As posted by the Roosevelt Islander we had a situation just over a week ago where an elevator was stuck trapping riders inside needing the FDNY to extricate them from the stick cabin.

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