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Non-reversible escalators?

Posted by gbs on Fri Jun 7 21:43:53 2019


Friday evening at the east mezzanine at the Main St station (#7), two of the three escalators were out of service and gated off. These are the two that normally run UP. The third escalator, the only one still working, was running DOWN, its usual direction. Crowds of people had to walk up five flights (or wait for the packed elevator). Because of the hill on Roosevelt Av, this mezzanine is much deeper than the other one at Main St.

I asked the station clerk why the working escalator hadn't been switched to UP, and he said it's beyond his control, I had to see one of the repairmen. When I got to the street I found one of them on a break and asked why they didn't reverse the working escalator. He said it would break the escalator because it's not reversible.

Really? I thought they're all reversible, and for sure I've seen some that have been reversed for various reasons. Is this fellow correct? I've posted a complaint on mta.info.

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