Escalators out at Foggy Bottom
...that's right, all of them. The station has also experienced a leaky roof during recent storms, including yesterday's.
Forest Glen station closed very briefly this morning--from about 9:23 to 9:28--due to a power surge that took out all of its elevators. There are now two elevators working. That station was closed for much of yesterday morning, as well.
The bank of three escalators at Foggy Bottom between the mezzanine and the street is a traditional source of annoyance to riders. Right now, the middle escalator is out for a major repair and isn't due back in service till the end of August. The ones on either side are listed as out for short-term repairs and should be working again by Monday, according to Metro's report on escalator status.
The two side escalators were crowded when I saw them at midday Thursday, but the backups were nothing compared to what riders see there at rush hour. The congestion would be eased somewhat if people were walking down one escalator and up the other, but that wasn't the case when I was watching. People were going up and down each of them.
The three escalators between the mezzanine and the platform also are listed as out of service Friday for minor repairs. But according to Metro's schedule, they will be out of service through the weekend.
Foggy Bottom eventually will get some relief, including construction of a stairway -- a real one -- as well as a canopy to protect the street escalators, under Metro's long-term rehabilitation program.
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