A group of city officials and local residents gathered today at the East Broadway subway station as part of a publicity tour calling attention to New York City’s deteriorating public transit system.
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The officials, including City Council member Margaret Chin, City Council transportation committee chair Ydanis Rodriguez, and city transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg, highlighted the East Broadway subway station in particular as a microcosm of the broken transit system. At East Broadway, acute problems including broken ticket machines and flooding hinder the accessibility of the subway, especially for older or disabled residents of the area, they said. There’s a reason the station served as a filming location for an apocalyptic sci-fi flick.
The East Broadway stop on the F line moves “more than 14,000 daily commuters, mainly from low-income communities underserved by transit,” according to a statement from Chin’s office, making the station’s poor condition especially egregious. One of the stairwells to the F routinely floods with water, Chin noted. (The MTA could not be reached for comment in time for publication; the story will be updated to include any responses.)
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Called the “Riders Respond Subway Tour,” the political blitz was organized by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, and members of the City Council to put pressure on the MTA and the state government to work with the municipal government to address New York City’s transit crisis. The tour will stop at the Metropolitan Ave/Lorimer station in Williamsburg tomorrow at 2:20 pm and at Union Square at 5:50 pm.
The state and city government, as well as the semi-autonomous MTA, all agree that the subway is in dire need of improvement, but the question of who ought to pay for it has been a sticking point between Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo, well-known rivals.
Last week the MTA announced an $800 million subway rescue plan, with measures including countdown clocks, additional cars on the C train, the hiring of additional personnel, and the removal of seats from some subway cars to increase rush hour capacity. Also last week Governor Cuomo announced a proposal that private companies “adopt” subway stations. No word yet on takers.