It is no secret that the economy has not been doing well over the last few years, but there are some fixes that there are no excuses for. Last year, in this blog, I wrote about a rather large amount of elevator and escalator problems that were occurring at subway stations all over the place. In many cases, incidents involving the trapping of riders and stalling of escalator stairs were rampantly pervasive in public transportation stations. Apparently, some places still haven’t found a way to remedy the situation.
Gothamist reports that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn’t been able to make good on a 2007 project that aimed to fix elevator problems:
“…they’ve gotten a peek at the MTA inspector general’s report on a $2.7 million project started in 2007 that was meant to improve the maintenance and reliability of elevators and escalators. And it is a doozy. ‘Despite public concern, media attention and demands for improvement by the MTA Board, elevators and escalators remain a problem,’ the report says.”
Most concerning is the presence of false alarms and no alarms at all when actual problems occur inside the elevator shaft and chamber. The story says that the first half of 2010 saw more than 200 entrapments in elevators, a number that should be alarming to anyone who cannot use the stairs at these depots. Even worse is the response to problems when they arise:
“So instead workers simply wait ‘for notification from trapped riders or other transit workers before sending mechanics to the scene.’ And it turns out that monitoring equipment was disconnected at some elevators, ‘including some with the highest number of entrapments!’”
Thankfully, the MTA is making some improvements, like listing currently broken down elevators and escalators on its website. I think they should just focus on getting the fixes done as soon as possible. Don’t you think so? If you had a residential elevator, wouldn’t you get it fixed?