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After being down for months, MTA says elevator and escalator at 61st Street station to be in operation tomorrow

61st St-Woodside Station (Photo: Queens Post)

Jan. 19, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

The broken-down escalator and defective elevator at the 61st Street Woodside 7 train station are both slated to be in operation tomorrow after several months of repairs, according to the MTA.

The escalator was shut down for repairs in November and the elevator in December, making the train inaccessible to those who cannot use the stairs. The MTA website lists the reopening date for both as tomorrow around 7 a.m.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer came out swinging at the MTA today for how long the repairs have taken, though when the escalator first closed, the MTA told Community Board 2 member Denise Keehan-Smith that it would reopen in mid-January.

“It is completely unacceptable that the MTA would allow these outages to continue. If this were the escalator on the Upper East Side, I feel certain it would have been fixed immediately,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “The dual escalator and elevator outages, combined with the unsafe and dilapidated staircase, has made the station completely inaccessible to seniors, parents with children, and people with disabilities. What’s worse, the MTA has jerked our community around, consistently moving the expected dates of completion.”

Van Bramer demanded that the elevator and escalator reopen by the time listed on the website, threatening a rally if they do not reopen.

If the MTA is truly supposed to serve all New Yorkers, they must take seriously the needs of commuters in Queens,” Van Bramer said.

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Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

I guess that both the MTA and the governor (who controls the MTA) will always not be “going our own way” (Note: the MTA was used to have a slogan known as “going your way”).


Buy a car fatty and you can drop little fatty off. Or tie little lazy fatso on your back with one of those little fa kid saddles. Man wait till hes 12yrs old and 300lbs because he dont exercise and on the computer all day


If in “fatty” you mean someone who would actually like to see their tax dollars at work… sure I’m fat. Oh… and the tolddler I commute with everyday that takes 97 years to get up those stairs… yup…. fat again…. Get a life.


By far the most annoying part of my commute the last few weeks. Those stairs are insane, the elevator is packed with the rudest people on earth…. I don’t know how long it takes to fix an escalator, I’m just saying I am there everyday and ever saw ONE person working on it. Thank god it’s fixed.


How does jvb know how long it takes to fix an escalator? He probably never changed a tire in his life. Toughest job he ever had was a seamstress


nothing takes long if its required ….no demanded…. no you get people there 24/7/365 and get the job done or your FIRED!…time to take a Trump approach to the problem

Dorothy Morehead

A rally can bring media attention to an issue. It also unites the community in a way that individual complaints do not.


oh please just like the rally he had marching over the 59th Street bridge please enough is enough — he is an attention seeker and has always been — he is finished –


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