NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A community group in the Bronx says 30 years is too long to be denied elevator service at a subway stop.

Chanting “fix our elevator,” protesters staged a rally at the 149th Street and the Grand Concourse station calling for the elevator to be restored, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported.

The station sits across the street from a landmark post office and right outside Hostos Community College.

“Elevator been here, and all of a sudden, it was gone and never repaired,” said Sonia Hemmins, 65.

The MTA says the elevator was removed in the 1980s because of security reasons, and added it will not be restored because it is not a main station and is not part of the agency’s “100 accessible station plan.”

“It affects a lot of seniors and disabled persons in this community,” argued Enrique Colon of the South Bronx Community Congress. “It also affects pregnant women and women with small carriages.”

The protesters said they want what they see at other stations, such as at 125th Street and Lexington in Manhattan. The group is circulating a petition, which had about 750 signatures as of Monday.

“The South Bronx is not a stepchild to Manhattan,” said Julio Munoz, also of South Bronx Community Congress. “We should have equal rights under the law.”

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