Broken for Months, East Broadway Escalator Finally Fixed
Local straphangers can rest a bit easier now that the escalator in the East Broadway subway station is functioning again. At least for the time being. The fix comes nearly three months after the moving stairway first went out of order.
However, a stalled escalator here is commonplace. Ever since this 81-stair replacement debuted – it took almost two years to complete – customers have reported that it’s constantly going out of service. So much so that Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou last month penned a letter to the MTA urging the agency to “provide a plan to repair this escalator and make it reliable moving forward.”
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.
That pressure is likely behind the fix.
This East Broadway escalator replacement was a hard-fought battle. The MTA began the job in August 2012, and it became severely delayed. It took almost two years and an army of electeds and local resident groups to ensure its completion in February 2014.