Escalators at Grand Central

gct.jpgLike clockwork every morning, I take the train from my apartment, and come into Grand Central. Like clockwork, I wait in the massive line to ascend up the subway steps into the main terminal, and like clockwork, I walk past the magazine shop and the central info booth to the north side of the main concourse, where exists a set of escalators into the MetLife building.

Here is where this monotonous story takes a frustrating turn… Every single day, without fail, one of the four large escalators is out of order, roped off with one or two mechanics toiling in it. It is understandable that within a building where over 750,000 commuters pass through daily, there will be some wear and tear. But, I am not exaggerating when I say that EVERY SINGLE DAY, one escalator is out. Have we not progressed as a culture enough to have escalators working correctly at rush hour? It doesn’t seem like the most advanced technology in the world!

Does anyone else notice this at Grand Central Terminal? How about elsewhere in the city?

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5 Comments so far

  1. Chris Trent (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    hey crackhead, those aren’t escalators. they’re called "stairs." ;)

  2. pitbull (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    hey fuck head i am an escalator tech and it is not simple easy work imagine running 24hrs a day 7days a week how well would u work?

  3. Melissa (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    For over 2 years, I did the reverse commute to the Bronx and I ran into the same problem with the escalators down in the subway coming up to the main level. What a mess that was! I didn’t mind walking up the stairs, but it caused QUITE the cluster-fuck.

  4. Noah (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    With those huge-ass shoes you wear, that doesn’t surprise me, Melissa!

  5. Neil (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    Pitbulls comment is funny if you take out the word "tech" from his comment.

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