On Friday, the New York State Comptroller released a report detailing the repairs needed on the city’s subway stations. There wasn’t a lot of good news.
The report is based on a year-long survey that was completed in 2012. As of two years ago, only a quarter of stations were found to have at least 90% of their structural and architectural components — platform edges, stairs etc. — in good condition.
Over the next two decades, the repairs will cost nearly $5 billion to complete. For example, 43% of platform edges were found to need repair, but an MTA spokesman told the Wall Street Journal that none of the stations are unsafe.
“Subway platform edges are safe,” he said. “Any unsafe condition on a platform edge is repaired immediately, just like any unsafe condition anywhere else in the subway system.”
If the MTA spokesman’s word of honor doesn’t make you feel reassured, you can see if your station is one of top ten in need of structural repairs below.
1. Castle Hill Avenue 6 train station in the Bronx — 91.3% needs repair
2. Seneca Avenue M train station in Queens — 85.7% needs repair
3. Seventh Avenue B and Q train station in Brooklyn —85.7% needs repair
4. Avenue P F train station in Brooklyn—85.7% needs repair
5. 52 Street 7 train station in Queens—79.3% needs repair
6. Kings Highway N train station in Brooklyn—79.2% needs repair
7. Buhre Avenue 6 train station in the Bronx—79.2% needs repair
8. Beverly Road Q train station in Brooklyn—78.9% needs repair
9. Zerega Avenue 6 train station in the Bronx—78.3% needs repair
10. 8 Avenue N train station in Brooklyn—77.8% needs repair
(Photo: Jonathan Lopez)