Stand clear of the platform edge!
A staggering 65-percent of subway platforms are either worn or damaged, according to a troubling report released Friday by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, based on the MTA’s latest inspection data.
Even more alarming, that percentage, from 2017, represents a huge 43-percent jump from the previous survey conducted five years earlier, DiNapoli found.
“Years of under-funding for the MTA capital program has translated into a longer list of needed repairs in New York City’s subway stations, fewer stations in good condition, and ever-increasing rider aggravation,” DiNapoli said in a statement.
Meanwhile, a growing number of subway stations suffered from structural deficiencies requiring the agency’s attention, the comptroller’s report found.
The worst stations conditions were in Queens and the Bronx. Two Queens stations, Forest Parkway-85th Street in Jamaica and Hoyt Avenue in Astoria.
Platform deterioration is “particularly troubling,” DiNapoli said, because worn edges have been tied to instances of passengers falling onto tracks.
Still, the comptroller’s report pointed to some successes.
The number of severe structural deficiencies dropped 25-percent between 2012 and 2017, with 30 fewer stations facing any at all. And architectural issues like lighting, tiling, and finishing also declined.
Yet maintenance is likely to continue to fall behind, the report suggests. The MTA has said the number of repairs needed will decline after the completion of work for its current capital program, but it promised the same thing during the last capital plan — and the number of structural issues still increased.
The MTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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