Six months after opening, the new Hudson Yards station suffers from out-of-service escalators, bathroom flooding and possible mold on the ceiling.
The $2.4 billion station’s bathrooms and two of its five escalators are out of working order, and riders have spotted what could be brown mold on the ceiling, the New York Post reported.
“During rush hour, it’s too much with two of the escalators not working. It’s always dripping, too. They were covered in ice when it was snowing, and people were slipping,” Mannie Rivera of the Bronx was quoted by the Post. “I don’t know how they spent all that money with all these issues.”
Despite the brown discoloration spotted on the ceiling, an MTA spokesman told CBS2 in a related report that there is no mold at the station but there have been leaks.
“The escalator – when you come downstairs – you can see the water dripping down,” a commuter named Danny was quoted by CBS. “It’s just a shame, it took so long for this to open up. This is sad.”
Problems began for the new station, which is part of the current push to redevelop Manhattan’s west side around the Javits Center and Hudson River Park, soon after it opened when an escalator had to be taken out of service on its second day, according to CBS.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told the Post that Yonkers Contracting Co., which worked on the excavation and structure for the new station, would pay for the current needed repairs, though there is not yet an available timeline for when things will be back to working order.