Long time readers here will remember my survey of escalator status, and will also have noticed that I didn’t publish anything on the subject for quite a while. Why? I was keeping track, but the problem of escalators being out of service seemed to have faded to a tolerable level.
Maybe it’s a statistical blip, maybe the bad old days are back, but last week, I hit something of a “home run” for out-of-service elevating devices.
1. Kennedy Station — Bus Platform Down to Subway Level
This escalator has been out of service since late February. Originally, the notice claimed it would be back in operation on February 26, and this was manually changed to February 28. As of this morning, March 12, it is still barricaded off with no sign of work in progress. This is an important escalator because it takes people down two levels, an especially welcome situation for those of us whose knees don’t walk down stairs comfortably.
With this out of service, I walked down to the mezzanine. Usually my only choices here are to walk down another level to the trains, or to wait for the elevator. However …
2. Kennedy Station — Subway Level to Mezzanine
This escalator has stopped since about the middle of last week, and was barricaded off a few days later. At least before the barricades, it could be used as a stairway, but without it, there are lineups to use the elevator between the platform and the mezzanine level. We’ll see how well the elevator holds up.
Once I got down to the train, I rode west to my home station of Broadview where I discovered …
3. Broadview Station — Westbound Platform to Street Level
This elevator was stuck at the mezzanine and not going anywhere. That annoyed several people with baby carriages, but I rode up the escalator to the mezzanine only to find …
4. Broadview Station — Mezzanine to Street Level
This escalator has always been cantankerous, and the TTC could probably keep a pair of resident mechanics busy at this location. The escalator was stopped. So much for vertical accessibility in the station. I walked up the escalator as I have done many times in the past.
Only a day later I discovered …
5. Broadview Station — Eastbound Platform to Mezzanine
Yes, this elevator was stuck too. A few days later it was working again.
I know that the vagaries of random events will produce this sort of situation from time to time, but there is no excuse for the situation at Kennedy where we don’t even know when the two dead escalators will return to service. Their absence puts a serious dent in the capacity of the station.
Of course, if we take to heart the TTC’s newfound attitude to customer complaints, we will know that it’s really our fault, the riders, and if we would only clean our feet off before riding their delicate equipment, we wouldn’t have these problems.
If anyone has horror stories of long out-of-service escalators or elevators, please let me know as I suspect that it’s worth lighting fires under the TTC on this subject again.
Update March 12 at 7:25 pm: New signs have appeared at Kennedy announcing that both escalators will be finished their maintenance by Friday March 16th. Meanwhile, the escalator at Broadview from the westbound platform to the mezzanine (one which usually works all the time) is under maintenance, also expected to finish Friday. Everything else in Broadview Station is working today.