Is a fix on the way for NYC’s worst subway escalator?

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A broken escalator or elevator can grind your commute to a halt.

The MTA says 345 of the machines directly connect riders to the transit system. The MTA is responsible for inspecting all of them and, in most cases, maintaining and repairing them.

The service record has improved over the past four years. But there are some repeat offenders that riders know all too well.

Two of the escalators along the 7 line at 42nd Street are the system’s worst. They were out of service an average of two times a day from October to December 2013, according to materials presented to the MTA’s Transit Committee.

Signs posted on the structure say it will be operational on Friday, Feb. 28. This picture was taken at noon on the 28th as workers appeared to be testing the escalator.

Crews work on the worst escalator (again)

Escalators leading to the 7 train at 42nd St are the worst in the system. Crews are seen here working (again).

The 168th Street station on the 1 line in Manhattan is home to the elevator that was most often out of service. Inspection records show the other repeat offenders are at Grand Central-42nd St, Euclid Av (A/C) in Brooklyn, 161st St-Yankee Stadium (4/B/D), Simpson St (2/5) in the Bronx, Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av in Queens, 190th St  on the A, 96th St  (1/2/3), and Church Av  (F/G).

The worst escalators by borough are as follows:

Brooklyn: Lawrence St (R), Myrtle-Wyckoff (L/M), Broadway Junction, President St  (2/5), West 8th St-NY Aquarium  (F/Q)

Queens and Bronx: Woodside-61st (7), 74th St-Broadway (7), Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av  (E/J/Z), Norwood-205th St (D), Gun Hill Rd  2/5

Manhattan: 5th Av-53rd St  (E/M), Lexington Av-53rd St  (E/M), 7th Av  (B/D/E), 34th St-Herald Sq, West 4th St, Grand Central-42nd St (7)

Check the status of the machines on the MTA’s website here.

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