David Stone
R. I. Subway Broken Escalators, Identity Problems
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Getting the long broken upper level escalator in the Roosevelt Island subway station back in service already has more dates than I had in high school, and like an adolescent, it shares identity issues, unsure of itself, like back when. Here's the latest twist.

Just a week ago, we reported that the ungainly blue shed defacing the north side of the subway station was there to store equipment while crews repair the upper left side escalator that's been down periodically for weeks.

Several times, handmade signs declared a back in service date that turned out to be filled with uncertainty. At least, though, it wasn't lonely. Other nearby escalators have been down repeatedly, forcing subway users into a rudimentary kind of StairMaster experience.

Yesterday afternoon was no exception. Around 2:00, the other "good" escalator was also broken, as usual, with no prior warning for riders arriving here.

Friday afternoon, both upper level up escalators were down, travelers shuttled to the stairs midway to the street.
Friday afternoon, both upper level up escalators were down, travelers shuttled to the stairs midway to the street.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

Not to be outdone, the MTA matched the ugly blue shed outside with matching structures inside.

No work was taking place yesterday, but at least the sheds were in spanking new condition.

But there's a twist.

The construction site refuses to acknowledge the broken escalator. Instead, it's "currently undergoing maintenance," but just "through July 31, 2019."

Some maintenance! That should give them time to clean the filthy treads before the machine goes back into service.

Wanna bet? 

Odds that they will not make the July 31 date are running 4 to 1 against in Las Vegas. The treads being cleaned? Nobody wants those odds because that happens only when Governor Cuomo makes an appearance. 

The identity problem...

According to the occasionally timely MTA Info website, the escalator isn't down for maintenance, it's being repaired...

R. I. Subway Broken Escalators, Identity Problems

...and will be back in service in just one week, on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Sure thing.