As an update to my last post a month ago on the topic, people were complaining about only the concrete platform. They had no issues or insulting statements about the appearance of the new station regarding the canopies, waiting room, electronic signs, and lighting. I've been monitoring the escalator/elevator statuses across the whole system via the MTA's website, and it appears that the issues regarding Wantagh's new elevator have been solved. In fact as of this post there are only four apparatuses that are out of service/"NOT WORKING." Seems that KONE, the elevator's manufacturer finally got a more thorough check to see what the real issue was.
1.) Escalator at Penn Station in Concourse A.
2.) Escalator at Hicksville for Platform B (which is undergoing rehabilitation)
3.) Elevator at Ronkonkoma for Platform B, the island platform.
4.) Escalator at Wantagh (which will be replaced since it goes to the Western half of the station, which is being rehabilitated)
Hopefully our new president of the LIRR, is more thorough. An activist for people with disabilities is calling for, and I've said it since I joined, elevators to be installed at Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, and Mets-Willets Point (which is only handicapped-accessible if you take the 7).
The elevator issues, throughout the years have their been any instances of newly-installed elevators (especially at rehabilitated stations) breaking down every other day?
To me, the reason and sole reason why Wantagh's issues arose was because of the pipe-grid melting system breaking near the elevator, or the fact they decided to put one in and the fact we had the bitterest winter in terms of high temperatures in decades. I don't see Seaford or Massapequa with a sub-platform heating system. I would have preferred they install it AFTER the platform was finished. They will be adding an industrial sealant after the West half is finished to give it a uniform look along the 12-car platform, and to prevent any further issues, and the LIRR will be overlooking Fortunado and Sons for any penny-pinching that was done before. The LIRR is not going to say the job is finished until it is suitable and up to today's code. They will nickel and dime F&S until they the LIRR gets what is intended and what they were envisioning and what they expected. One thing is for sure, a non-union contractor will NOT be given a grant to oversee future construction.
This station is Babylon, this is the train to Penn Station. Stopping at: Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Massapequa Park, Massapequa, Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick, Freeport, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Woodside, Penn Station.