Locals Continue Grassroots Push to Upgrade the East Broadway F Station
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The escalator situation was but one battle in the overall war over the East Broadway F stop. That rehabilitation effort took nearly two years to complete, and only at the behest of local politicians. But there are still plenty of issues with this enormous station, and a petition has been live to address concerns since earlier this year.
SPaCE is leading the effort and collected 297 signatures of support to help remedy the following issues:
- Crumbling infrastructure (ceiling, platform edges)
- Poor ventilation
- Garbage strewn tracks
- Excessive rat population
- Difficulty navigating various levels and staircases
- Numerous leaks and poor drainage (i.e. “ponding”)
- Poor lighting
- Damaged tiles
- Inaudible public address system
- Peeling paint
- General shabby and unpleasant appearance
- Lack of an elevator to provide access to the disabled
Members of the outpoken block association met with State Senator Daniel Squadron not long ago and learned some astonishing info. First, the MTA no longer conducts “full renovations” of stations along the system, which is what SPaCe is pushing for. Ergo, no line-item exists for East Broadway in the budget. Second, the MTA policy for such gripes is reportedly reactionary in nature, meaning it’ll act only if there is increased ridership. Even though there will be more riders once Essex Crossing and the Extell towers come to town, this terminal is still not a priority.
So, advocates must now attack the problem one step at a time with incremental pressure. The first move is a grassroots effort to test the peeling paint. Apparently, policy dictates that if lead is found in the chips, the MTA will be forced to react immediately.
We’ll see what happens.