4. The Longest and Steepest Escalator in the MTA System is at Grand Central Madison
If you need to catch a train at the newly opened Grand Central Madison, you better give yourself some extra time. The brand new station is located 14 stories below ground and commuters need to travel down multiple escalators in order to get to the new platforms. The longest and steepest escalator in the MTA system brings travellers from the concourse level to the mezzanine level.
The giant escalator, which made quite an impression on visitors at opening day, is 182-feet long. Standing still, the ride up or down takes over a minute and half, which can feel like an eternity if you’re running to catch a train. Once you finally make it to the mezzanine level, you’ll see beautiful mosaic murals by artist Kiki Smith.