Well I can certainly understand the frustrations of travellers on this system and the abhorance to a rise in the cost of a ticket, I for one as an overseas visitor and traveller around the state have cause to tate luggage with me and at times a lot of it. Thats my own choice of course but in my case I do try to think ahead when I know where I am going or where I am coming from. To or from Penn station JFK airport whatever, so I have a rough idea where things are like elevators escalators etc. So after a trip to Rochester for its Park Avenue Festival I was returning to New york by Jet Blue which was a good flight and then the Air Train also first class andd then Jamaica Station FULL STOP. NO ESCALATOR going down thats is. Now I know things break down and or power problems arise but its downright disgusting for the traveller to encounter a problem like this when there is no visible sign of anyone trying to rectify the problem, thats if there was one at all. Who knows? Were they saving power maybe they didnt think it was needed to have it working, I bought a ticket to travel on the MTA and factored into the cost of that ticket is the cost of maintainance so is it too much to expect a sign telling travellers what the problem is or maybe having some personnel on hand to assist the elderly with their luggage down the stairs. There are countless flights arriving and departing JFK daily, a modern remote rail system in the Air Train ultimately to encourage travellers to use it thus using the MTA subway system. It beggars belief that in this city where I assume the brains of the MTA actually operate to disguss and co-ordinate its present and future operations that nobody there thinks its neccessary to co-ordinate all these operations between Trains planes and the subway and make sure the neccessary facilities are operation to its fullest. I will think very hard in future as to whether I use that system again Im over 70 and reasonably fit but Im not bloody samson. A BLACK MARK IN MY BOOK FOR THE MTA.