2008-08-15 / Top Stories

B. 90 St.Worst In City!

'A' Line Station Gets Failing Grade From Transit Council
By Howard Schwach

The condition of the stairs and handrails leading to the station itself was one of the problems found at Beach 90 Street. The condition of the stairs and handrails leading to the station itself was one of the problems found at Beach 90 Street. A Rockaway "A" Line station has received the dubious honor of being named the "worst subway station in the city" by a transit watchdog council, it was announced this week.

The Beach 90 Street station, which serves both the "A" Line and the shuttle, received a grade of 58 from the New York City Transit Riders Council, as part of a wide-ranging exploration of the city's subway system and its failings.

"The Beach 90 Street station has not had any serious capital investment in over 30 years," the council's report says. "The council is pleased that the station is slated for rehabilitation in the 2005-2009 Capital Program and that the money remains in the budget even after the recent cuts."

The report says that the station fails the test in many areas, including the cleanliness of the station's walls, leakage of water from the ceilings, leakage from the walls, the deteriorated condition of the stairs and the handrails, the lack of general cleanliness and the lack of a working microphone to inform riders of incoming and departing trains.

The report adds that the station is used by an average of only 1,063 riders daily, ranking it 411 out of 422 stations in the city.

Raters from the council visited each subway station in the city for the survey. Stations were divided into three distinct areas, a council spokesperson said.

Entrances, the area leading from the street-level to the opposite end of the entrance stairs, were surveyed first.

The control area, from the entrance stairs up to and including the turnstiles, were the second area of study.

The platform itself, where people awaited and boarded the trains, was the final area of interest.

Each station was evaluated based on 34 station condition indicators, including water leakage, signage, working telephones, water puddles, dirty floor, broken lighting, exposed wires, rotting concrete, foul odors, broken handrails, etc. The Beach 90 Street station failed most of the indicators, council officials report.

While a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) declined to comment on the report, he did say that work on renovating all of the Rockaway stations would begin in the fall.

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We are definitely in need of an Extreme Makeover of all the subway stations that span from Far Rockaway to Rockaway Park.


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