BART Says It's Working to Fix Broken Escalators

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 15 May 2012 23:57:39 -0800

OAKLAND (KRON) -- Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say they've recently hired new staff to bring the system's faulty escalators back into service.

KRON 4 obtained an internal BART document that shows 16 of the 176 escalators in stations around the region are currently not working.  

"We understand this is an issue," BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver tells KRON 4's Reggie Kumar.  "We have recently, in this fiscal year, hired four permanent and two part-time technicians."

BART says many of its escalators are more than 30 years old.  Officials say it's tough to keep them all working.

Riders at some stations like West Oakland say they have waited months for some of the escalators to be fixed.  Some say that's particularly hard for people with mobility issues.

In some cases BART patrons may be partially to blame for the problems with the escalators since trash and litter tend to "gunk up" the escalator mechanisms.

Starting in July Luna says BART will launch a new program that will refurbish the escalators that require more complicated repairs that will take time to complete.

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