- Line's subway stations have 37% of decrepit stairs, platforms
- No. 6 line has best-kept stations in city's transit network
New York’s No. 7 subway line, which this week got the city’s first new station in 26 years, has the most facilities in need of repairs, according to the Citizens Budget Commission.
The No. 7, which links midtown Manhattan’s Far West Side to Queens, is most in need of station improvements in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway system. Its 21 stops have 37 percent of their stairs, platform edges and ventilators in a state of poor repair, more than any other line, according to the business-backed CBC, which focuses on the city’s and state’s finances and services.
The station most in need of repairs is the 52nd Street/Roosevelt Avenue stop in Queens, with 79 percent of its structural components in poor repair, according to the CBC. MTA officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sept. 13 opened a new $2.4 billion station that extends the No. 7 line to 34th Street in Manhattan near the Hudson Yards development, the first new stop since 1989.
“This brand-new terminus of the 7-train is a stark contrast to the stations on the rest of that line and underscores the need to bring all subway stations to a safe and functional status referred to as a ‘state of good repair,’” Jamison Dague, a CBC research associate, and Charles Brecher, its consulting co-director of research, wrote Tuesday in a blog.
The MTA, the largest U.S. transit agency, has 21 rail lines connecting four of New York’s five boroughs. Its proposed $26.8 billion five-year capital plan includes improvements at 199 stations, including No. 7 stops, according to the CBC. The MTA plans to spend $3 billion for subway station work in the next five years, Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the agency, said in an e-mail.
“This proposed capital plan deals with station work aggressively,” Ortiz said.
The C line, which connects northern Manhattan to Brooklyn, is second-worst, with 26 percent of stairs and platform edges in need of upgrades, according to the CBC. The L, which runs between Manhattan and Brooklyn, follows with 24 percent.
The best-kept subway, the No. 6, runs along Manhattan’s Upper East Side and links the island to the Bronx. About 15 percent of station components are in need of upgrades.