Transit Clark Street subway station elevator must be replaced, BP Adams says The borough president is calling for swift action after 17 commuters were trapped inside an elevator at the station for almost an hour on Monday. Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams is calling for the swift replacement of the aging elevators at Clark Street subway station in Brooklyn Heights. Photo Credit: Alison Fox By Vincent Barone firstname.lastname@example.org @vinbarone October 2, 2018 6:10 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is calling for the swift replacement of the elevators within the Clark Street subway station after an outage trapped 17 commuters inside for nearly an hour Monday morning. “We cannot underestimate the level of trauma some passengers would feel to be stuck in an elevator for almost an hour,” said Adams. All the elevators in the station were replaced in 1995 and the MTA has budgeted to replace them again in its current five-year capital plan, Adams noted. The Clark Street station is particularly deep and is one of the few stations exclusively accessed by elevators. “We’ve heard from constituents that the elevators at Clark Street seem to be in a constant state of breaking down and in need of replacement,” Adams continued. “So we can only imagine if there was a medical emergency — that it took almost an hour — that is unacceptable for 17 people To have to endure something of this magnitude.” Adams penned a letter to the MTA, dated Tuesday, Oct. 2, calling on the authority to begin the elevator replacement before the end of the year and also immediately open the station’s emergency stairwell as an alternative for everyday use until the elevator is replaced. “While this incident would be deeply problematic in any set of circumstances, this particular instance and the existing state of at-risk infrastructure speak to an imminent public safety threat,” Adams wrote in the letter. Andrei Berman, an MTA spokesman, said in an email that the MTA is "beginning [the elevator] replacement in the next several months" but did not specify a date or comment to Adam's request for opening the station stairwell. By Vincent Barone email@example.com @vinbarone Vin has been covering transportation at amNewYork since 2016. He first landed on the beat at his hometown newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, in 2014. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic 23 new station managers focus on subway experienceThe MTA's new program was modeled after one in London. MTA wants feedback on Fast Forward transit planThe $40B plan includes an overhaul of the subway system's signal and track infrastructure. Riders sound off on the state of the subwaysOfficials will ride the rails from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.