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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.

--Robert Thomson

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By Luke Rosiak  | August 13, 2010; 9:54 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Escalators  
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Foggy Bottom station has been a total annoyance to all riders everyday. It is totally mismanaged, whether it's the fare gates, the elevator or all the escalators. Everyday I use it, I hate that I have to work in this area and not close to another station. Each morning the steps are blocked with no workers in sight; and thanks for the fare increase Metro.

Posted by: asoos1 | August 13, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"asoos1" told me the other day that when she was waiting to exit Foggy Bottom in the morning in the rain, there were so many people jammed up in the area near the Farecard machines that finally someone (not her) became disgusted and removed the barrier blocking the escalator that's closed for work some 20 years down the road. She said people "started cheering" when the guy did this, but of course that caused the station manager to stop reading his newspaper and he then came over and blocked it back off.

Apparently since the last round of fare increases, the majority of the faregates haven't been reading SmarTrip cards at that stop either. That aspect of the problems REALLY makes me smell a rat. How convenient is it that they impose a "paper Farecard surcharge" only to have the SmarTrip readers malfunction right at the same time? I'm not normally a conspiracy theorist, but this one seems like awfully suspicious timing to me.

Posted by: 1995hoo | August 13, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Oops, she just corrected me: She didn't witness the escalator rebellion. One of her colleagues did. Still, I'm surprised this sort of thing doesn't happen more often, especially at Foggy Bottom. That station has only ONE exit (not counting the elevator), so there's no way to escape congestion at the escalators by going down to the other end. The station I've used the most often that has a similar design in this respect is Ballston, but Ballston has two elevators in order to serve both sides of Fairfax Drive.

Posted by: 1995hoo | August 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

And yet David Lacosse (Metro Escalator manager) is STILL EMPLOYED!!!!!

Posted by: jrutter21 | August 13, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Can't say this any better:

And yet David Lacosse (Metro Escalator manager) is STILL EMPLOYED!!!!!

Posted by: jiji1 | August 13, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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