BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Two out of three escalators were working at the Broadway Junction train station in East New York Monday, which surprised riders they were functioning at all.
“Those escalators most of the time are not working. Even when they work you hear click, click, from like the Stone Age," said one commuter.
That same assessment also shared by the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who says the transit hub is a throwback.
"When you look at the station it looks no different than when I saw here over forty years ago. Something is wrong with that. The MTA has been MIA," Adams said.
What's really missing here are elevators. The Broadway Junction station is a series of elevated train tracks for five subway lines. Commuters need to get up to the platforms, including those riders with disabilities.
"We see this as a violation of our rights and the Americans With Disabilities Act," said Monica Bartley with the Center for Independence of the Disabled.
The MTA does have a sign posted about improving the stairs at the station to the tune of $10.8 million. That's designed to reduce crowding at Broadway Junction that serves nearly 100,000 people a day.
In addition to the subway lines, the station serves as a stop on the Long Island Rail Road and a connection to six subway routes.
The borough president blames the MTA's lack of attention to this major transit hub on the racial makeup of the neighborhood.
"People could try to sugarcoat the issue and try to act like well we don't look at ethnicity when we make these decisions, like hell you don't," Adams said.
The MTA says its projects are not determined by the socio-economics of community. But they did agree that the station needs to be fully accessible for all riders and upgraded to reflect its importance as a critical transit hub. The agency says those renovations will be included in its upcoming capital plan announcement. The councilman for the area says the attention is long overdue.
"It's about looking at other investments that the MTA is doing on other unneeded vanity projects and getting it here to neighborhoods like East New York," said City Councilman Rafael Espinal.
The MTA is expected to announce its capital projects plan in the fall.