New York Post: Pol 'Escalates' MTA Fight
By Tom Namako
December 9, 2010
Subway elevators and escalators are going nowhere fast -- and the City Council is trying to fix the mechanical mess.
Councilwoman Jessica Lappin yesterday introduced a resolution that leans on the MTA to investigate poor maintenance work on the subway's lifts, two days after 15 people -- including an infant -- were trapped in the Roosevelt Island station's elevator for a terrifying 30 minutes.
"It's a perpetual problem across the city, and it's one that can be dangerous," Lappin said.
She added that an elevator at the 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue E/M stop has been out for the past three years as the MTA and the private company that should maintain it hash out a repair schedule.
"The resolution says that the MTA is responsible, [should] do the work and also stay on top of their entities that are responsible for other elevators and escalators," Lappin said.
The MTA, on its Web site, updates elevator and escalator outages.
Yesterday there were 27 outages, 11 of those at handicapped-accessible stations, out of the 370 devices throughout the system.
Transit officials said they "already have a $1.3 million electronic monitoring system in place that alerts maintainers when an elevator or escalator malfunctions."