Hazardous defects in subways take too long to fix: audit

Dan Rivoli

New York Daily News

Jun 15, 2017

Stand clear of the broken staircase.

Hazardous defects in the subway system can take too long to spot and even longer to fix, according to a 25-station audit state Controller Tom DiNapoli released Thursday.

A clogged drain at the Seventh Ave. station in Midtown — the type of defect that should be top priority and fixed within 24 hours — took longer than three months to fix.

Other busted pieces of station equipment that can pose a danger including a malfunctioning water line at 42nd St. and missing tiles at 14th St.-Union Sq.

The audit uncovered 21 high-priority problems — 20 of them, however, took station supervisors longer than three days to spot. In a random sample of 10 of those defects, just three were fixed within 24 hours. Overall, the audit uncovered 66 pieces of busted components at 12 stations.

“Delays in identifying and responding to unsafe conditions is a risk that can be prevented,” DiNapoli said.

MTA spokeswoman Beth DeFalco said last year that nearly all but a handful of serious problems were fixed within 24 hours.