Stringer wants MTA to reopen long-closed subway entrances to prevent overcrowding

Long-closed subway stairs could be an untapped solution to overcrowding on train platforms, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said Wednesday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has shut hundreds of subway entrances across the city. In some places, the closings squeeze straphangers into tight bottlenecks as they enter or exit stations, Stringer says.

Stringer sent a letter to NYC Transit president Andy Byford demanding to know why the access points are closed — and when the agency plans to reopen them.


“As of 2015, NYC Transit reported that 298 street stairs were closed to the public at 119 unique stations,” Stringer wrote. “Many were shuttered in the 1970s, a period of dramatic decline for the city and the subway system. It is far past time to move beyond that era and invest in a more equitable and accessible transit system.”