NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It happened again on Friday morning, the MTA confirmed that it was the third time in ten days that there was a service disruption at the 168th Street station in Washington Heights.
Friday’s interruption was caused by an electrical issues, other times the elevators have been out of service.
“My mother, she uses the elevator, she’s elderly, and it’s you know walking up the stairs is really difficult for her, and for me also,” Joseph told 1010 WINS’ Andrew Falzone.
Joseph is a bike messenger and uses the elevator for an assist on occasion. It’s not just a handicap access issue — the only way to transfer from the A and C Train to a No. 1 Train is to use the elevator, so when there’s no elevator, there’s no No. 1 train.
“The MTA they make a lot of money and it shouldn’t be broken down,” Joseph said.
The MTA told 1010 WINS that funding to replace the elevators is included in the current 2015-2019 capital plan.
In an unrelated incident Friday, A, B, C and D trains were severely delayed due to an incident at 145th Street toward the beginning of the afternoon rush. Passengers reported on Twitter that the station filled with smoke and people cleared out as the FDNY arrived.