Neglected East Broadway Subway Station Won’t Receive Emergency ‘Help Point’ Kiosks for Years

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 at 5:19 am by
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For some reason, the MTA seems to view the East Broadway subway station as a bastard child of sorts. The enormous subterranean station – much larger than it needs to be – is always last to upgrade and has been denied full rehabilitation. We’ve seen it before with the nearly two-year-long escalator saga, the energy expended to fix peeling paint and pooling, and the delay of WiFi installation until the end of 2015.

However, straphangers boarding here continue to fear the dangers of a largely desolate station with no agent. At the very least, the installation of MTA “Help Point” emergency kiosks would certainly be a move in the right direction. But don’t hold your breath…

The MTA is reportedly planning a system-wide rollout of the technology in over 400 stations. Guess which stop wasn’t included. Yup, East Broadway apparently doesn’t fall within the current capital improvement period, and as such, installation is likely years away. We are told that it could happen anytime between 2015 to 2018.

Kinda like waiting for the cable guy, only way worse.

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MTA Help Point kiosk at Delancey St. station

Other modifications that need to be addressed at East Broadway:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Garbage strewn tracks
  • Excessive rat population
  • Poor lighting
  • Damaged tiles
  • Inaudible public address system
  • Lack of an elevator to provide access to the disabled

Meanwhile, State Senator Squadron has been instrumental in effecting change at this neglected stop. His office continues to work behind the scenes to advocate for the piecemeal upgrade of the subway station over time.

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