Residents living near the F train’s East Broadway stop have been inconvenienced by the subway station’s broken escalator for nearly two years. Despite continual promises by the MTA to have the escalator fixed, the completion date has been pushed back numerous times, including another delay today, when it was changed to February 28th. The area around the station is home to a large elderly population as well as families with children, who have had to sidestep the construction and use the stairs since 2012.
Construction on the broken escalator initially began in August of 2012, but the area has been left barricaded ever since. The MTA then planned another replacement, which was to slated for completion by June of 2013 before pushing the date back month by month into 2014. Not all MTA subway stations have escalators or elevators, but the East Broadway station is in need of special assistance as it services an area with a population of elderly. Another broken escalator at the Bowery station has also been left unrepaired for over a year.
This morning, the local community and elected officials took matters into their own hands, and rallied for the MTA to finally make the much needed repairs. Locals will be joined by State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmember Margaret Chin, who hope their solidarity will provide the pressure needed to finally get the escalator up and running.