Puzzled as to why so many subway escalators are out of service? So is the MTA. Chairman Jay Walder admitted at yesterday's board meeting that the agency has failed to maintain the city's network of 169 escalators, noting that "I don't believe we're providing the service." Despite his honesty, this is old news given that one out of every eleven of the city's escalators are out of service.

But if the underlying problems with repairs are "not a budget issue" according to Walder, why are so many escalators still broken? The dogged pursuers of broken subway escalator justice at Fox 5 News reports that the confusion amongst independent contractors, building owners, and the MTA make it difficult to determine who is responsible for repairs. Not to mention the MTA's installation of energy-efficient escalators was somewhat redundant: nothing saves energy like an escalator that doesn't move!

Luckily, D.C. Metro's escalators prove that things could always be worse. Besides being the longest in the Western Hemisphere, Metro's escalators break down every seven to eight days and have developed a taste for human flesh.