Tommy Meehan wrote:In the twenty-one years I've been using the station, I'm sure Tarrytown has always had elevators on both platforms.
However, they did not always have an elevator on the west side of the tracks. Only on the east side and on the island platform. That is, they've gone from 2 elevators to 3.
Tommy Meehan wrote: I use them all the time and can not agree that they can't be relied on because of frequent breakdowns.
They do breakdown occasionally, usually the one on the northbound side for some reason.
Are you confined to a wheelchair, or otherwise unable to use stairs? If you were, I suspect you would have a different perspective on whether an elevator which breaks down "occasionally" counts as "can be relied on."
There was a time, a few years after the elevators were installed, when my knee was acting up and I was avoiding stairs. One or the other elevator was non-functional on the average of one day a week for at least a year. Fortunately, I could
still climb stairs. I'm glad to hear that they elevators have become more reliable.
Question: what happens if someone who is unable to use stairs at all arrives on the island platform and discovers that one of the elevators doesn't work? (no doubt after
the train has left.) Call 911? Does the fire department or the rescue squad get you out? Or do you have to wait for the next train? And what if you're trying to get onto
the island platform (e.g., to catch a train to NYC)? How many such experiences would it take before you decided not to use the train any more?