- Apr 17, 2018
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The lastest design directives require two accessible paths to each platform. So each elevator must be accompanied by either a ramp (preferred, won't break down) or another elevator, so one elevator going out of service doesn't make the station inaccessible. But two elevators per side platform means at least four per station which gets experiensive and makes construction take even longer (because elevators still take ridiculously long in MBTA construction)I would have expected the issue to be that (at least at Auburndale) the streetside platform can be ADA-accessible without an elevator. Once you do an island or highway-side platform you need one...
The T can make a public case that they don't want to be building more elevators when a more reliable and maintenance-light solution exists.