Discussion relating to the past and present operations of the NYC Subway, PATH, and Staten Island Railway (SIRT).

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  by Head-end View
 
A similar escalator mishap happened on the PATH system in New Jersey once too. And anyway, walking up a stopped escalator is awkward with the big steps. Hence my case for parallel stairwells.
  by bklynkenny
 
If one of the escalators stopped working, people can still use the other. If two of them stopped working, then they can reverse the direction on one of the remaining two escalators. If all the power went out, then walking up escalators is the least of our worries.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
jackintosh11 wrote:Escalators have the amazing function of working as stairs during a power failure.
So long as we are hung up around here on escalators, here is a little about some historical escalators that are apparently the same I rode as a 10 year old kid:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/nyreg ... ation.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Fair Use:
Here’s what you could do in 1920s Manhattan that you can’t do today: Catch what’s playing at the Roxy or who’s playing at the Polo Grounds. Buy a pair of alligator shoes at Franklin Simon or see a pair of alligators at the Aquarium. Meet your spouse — or whomever — under the clock at the Biltmore Hotel.

Here’s something you can still do: Ride the wooden escalators at Macy’s.

Macy’s is emerging from a $400 million, four-year renovation that has opened up and brightened the flagship store at Herald Square. A sealed-up entryway on 34th Street has been reclaimed. So have big bay windows on the sixth floor, which now frame views from the new Stella 34 Trattoria.

But the modernizing impulse stopped at 20 Otis escalators of oak and ash that have steadily trundled shoppers from one floor to the next for as long as 95 years.
To close Subway related, I must wonder if the wooden escalators I recall on the London Underground have been replaced.
  by Hamilton Express
 
alewifebp wrote:The big reason for London dropping wooden escalators was due to the fatal fire at Kings Cross.
Don't forget, wooden lifts were also the result of the closure of the Aldwych branch too.

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  by Jeff Smith
 
It's alive.... the 10th Avenue Stop, that is: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20 ... /160409984" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Construction of the 41st Street station has taken on new urgency as the Port Authority moves forward with plans for a new bus terminal to replace its decrepit bus station two blocks east, at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, and residents and commercial tenants fill the Hudson Yards redevelopment west of 10th Avenue
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"I don't see how you can possibly do the [bus] terminal without the [subway] station," said Tom Wright, the president of the Regional Plan Association. "Everyone has come to that same conclusion. It's something we're pushing for and that there's going to be huge consensus for."

The bus terminal could include underground pedestrian corridors equipped with moving sidewalks to reach Times Square subways. Integrating the new 7 line station with a future bus terminal would offer a more direct link to the subway.
  by Rbts Stn
 
Much as I'd love moving sidewalks (hell, the current setup could use them) I can't imagine them working for more than a couple hours at a time before they get vandalized.
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