2nd Avenue F Station is One of the Top 5 Worst in the Entire Subway System

Posted on: October 12th, 2015 at 5:19 am by
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The Lower East Side has some shitty subway stations. Yep, Captain Obvious over here. Now officially confirmed. Last Friday, State Senator Squadron, Riders Alliance, Straphangers Campaign, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and various community leaders published the results of their “Subway Stations Study.” It’s not so pretty.

The consortium surveyed exteriors and interiors systemwide for seven specific “station failure” criteria, including: ponding, leaking water, graffiti, broken/damaged stairs, deteriorating walls, rodents, and trash. Findings revealed that “The most frequent problems were interior trash accumulation (70% of stations), interior ponding (68% of stations), exterior deteriorating walls (43% of stations), and exterior trash accumulation (43% of stations).” The 2nd Avenue F stop ranks in the top five worst overall. Eight of fourteen failures were flagged, such as trash, rats, graffiti, and water leaking.

Furthermore, the East Broadway station was singled out in the report as a prime example of how working with the community can resolve issues. While problems are certainly far from fixed, the combination of local badgering and political pressure resulted in completion of the escalator (albeit, after two years), repainting of the station, repair of the aging stairs, and installation of WiFi connectivity in a more timely manner.

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Nevertheless, East Broadway remains on the list as one of the worst interiors in the whole system.

“Surveying all 53 stations in my district showed the good, the bad, and the ugly of our subways,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “It’s good that most stations had fewer than half of the surveyed conditions. It’s bad that so many of the surveyed conditions we saw are easily fixable. And it’s downright ugly that nine of the stations had more than a 50% failure rate. Hopefully our recommendations can get the bad, and the ugly, to good. I thank Riders Alliance, Straphangers Campaign, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, community members and my colleagues for joining our call today for community engagement and a fully funded capital plan.”

Below is the full report for your reading pleasure. Graphs and graphics galore.

The Worst Subway Stations in NYC

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