Getting to and from the Rockaways has been unpleasant for commuters since Hurricane Sandy knocked out the peninsula's subway service, and at the Howard Beach station, where travelers must transfer to a shuttle bus, that difficult commute was compounded until recently, as broken elevators and escalators at the station are now fixed. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
Schlepping up the stairs at the Howard Beach/JFK train station is now a thing of the past since all four of the elevators and two escalators broken from Hurricane Sandy have finally been fixed.
Last month, NY1 For You told viewers how commuters at the A line station had no choice but to climb a long flight of stairs for several months because the elevators and escalators had been out of service since the storm.
"We have to go around and up and down the stairs, and sometimes you miss the train," said commuter Ashley Machadl. "So it's quite annoying, I mean, Hurricane Sandy occurred a long time ago, and we live in New York, so this should have been done already.
"I've noticed a number of disabled people, either people who are on crutches, people in wheelchairs and elderly people, and people as well as myself, who travel with their children, so people who have babies in carriages," said commuter Aiysha Simon.
At the time, NY1 contacted the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and a spokesman said all of the elevators were knocked out of service from Hurricane Sandy after the station took in 7 feet of water. The elevators had to be stripped out and rebuilt, according to the spokesman, who said all four elevators and two escalators would be working by early May.
Now that all elevator and escalator service is fully restored, riders finally have a smooth commute.