City Comptroller Wants Answers About Hundreds Of Closed Subway Stairs

Mack Rosenberg
January 15, 2020 - 4:10 pm
Subway Entrance

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Hundreds of subway stations have stairwells that have been closed off for years and the city comptroller is demanding answers from the MTA.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer says there’s absolutely no reason for so many entrances to be closed in the 21st century.

“If you're a straphanger and you're running late and you see that subway station at a distance and you run to get down the stairs and onto the platform, there's nothing more frustrating to see the subway entrance is closed,” Stringer said.

As of 2015, the MTA reported that 298 street stairs were closed to the public at 119 unique stations throughout the five boroughs.

Stringer says he has written to the MTA for answers as to what stations need the entrances reopened and what the agency intends to do about it.

“The MTA has said that we opening entrances will make them install the elevators, so let's start doing that sooner rather than later,” the comptroller said.

MTA Communications Director Tim Minton says crowding and accessibility are regularly monitored at all stations and that NYC Transit opened both previously used and new entrances in multiple burrows during the last year.