Elected Officials Urge MTA to Fix up East Broadway Subway Station
At the East Broadway subway station, F really stands for Fucking Disaster. But will it change?
Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined fellow city politicians last week to highlight the “pressing need for improvements in the heavily used station.” The walkthrough stunt was part of the overall “Transit Tour,” during which straphangers can provide suggestions to elected officials ahead of a planned City Council hearing to discuss “our region’s growing transit crisis.” Chin and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou specifically identified lack of accessibility, constantly flooded stairwells, and broken metro card vending machines as major trouble spots.
(Election year politics at its finest.)
The problems plaguing this station are nothing new and rarely acknowledged. The last real action was the replacement escalator which took more than a year to install and the placement of help point kiosks.
The following problems persist:
- Swipe swindlers breaking the MetroCard machines
- Poor ventilation
- Garbage strewn tracks
- Excessive rat population
- Poor lighting
- Damaged tiles
- Inaudible public address system
- Lack of an elevator to provide access to the disabled
14,000 straphangers pass through the station every day, a number that will grow exponentially once Essex Crossing and One Manhattan Square come on line in the next couple years.