ATLANTA (AP) — Even after some states have postponed their presidential primaries because of the threat of coronavirus, at least a few Georgia Republicans will...
Mexico City subway says pee causes escalator breakdowns
General By: The Bullet Wire January 17th, 2020 1:32 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Travelers on the Mexico City subway system often blame authorities for broken-down escalators at subway stops, but Metro officials have another explanation: vast amounts of pee.
Somehow, urine is penetrating and corroding the drive wheels and mechanisms of the escalators that carry riders up from underground stations.
In a list published Tuesday, the Metro system listed “corrosion due to urine” as one of the top five causes of escalator breakdowns.
Fermin Ramirez, the system’s assistant manager for rails and facilities, said riders appear to be urinating on escalators at off-peak hours and lightly used stations, “even though it seems hard to believe.”
“When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine,” Ramirez said. Most stations have no public bathroom facilities, a fact Twitter users were quick to point out, noting there are not even any pay toilets.
Of the system’s 467 escalators, 22 are out of service on any given day.
The biggest problem, subway authorities admit, is that the many escalators are old, or have been damaged by rough use.
The city plans to replace about 55 escalators over the next two years.
With over 1.6 billion rides per year, the Mexico City subway is considered the eighth largest in the world by some measures, and one of the cheapest: A 25-cent ticket will get you a single ride to any destination on the 140-mile (226-kilometer) system. Just remember to use the bathroom before setting out.
Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Featured & Breaking
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it was replacing the acting chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, part of an ongoing leadership...
NEW YORK (AP) — Before President Donald Trump stepped into the White House briefing room to provide an update on the coronavirus, an opening act...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Insisting the federal government is not a “shipping clerk,” President Donald Trump on Thursday called on states to do more to secure...
"Unless you believe we’re governed by shape-shifting space lizards — your darkest suspicions about how the world operates are likely an underestimate."
(The Intercept)- AS I READ The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, a new book by Salon founder David...