Both of the station’s elevators on 125th Street and Lexington Ave station, are slated for a closure for January 2016 for 9 months. This project is to replace seven hydraulic elevators along the 4, 5, and 6 lines in Manhattan, according to the MTA.
When completed, the elevators will be more efficient and reliable, according to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. “Due to the configuration of the station’s elevators, when one of the elevators is out of service the station is no longer ADA compliant,” Ortiz said. “By taking both elevators out of service and doing all of the necessary work simultaneously, we are effectively reducing the overall length of the time the station is ADA non-compliant.”
Many people attest that those elevators are used a lot. Some straphangers said without working elevators they will probably start using the bus to get up and down Lexington Avenue. Others said they will have to take the stairs, even if they are carrying bags or baby strollers. The local community board, concerned by the effect of the closures, is working with the MTA to see if there is any way to expedite the repairs.