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'Draft' escalator report released

By Ann Scott Tyson and Luke Rosiak

(This post will be updated)

Metro this afternoon posted the unabridged 308-page escalator/elevator report on its website, after a version was obtained by the blog UnsuckDcMetro.

Metro officials had said before two recent incidents caused Metro to immediately inspect all escalators, the board hadn't heard concerns about the brakes. But it was revealed that the document, part of a contract with consultant Vertical Transportation Excellence commissioned after previous escalator problems, did flag such concerns.

Metro then said the document was a "draft," and a summary of the document that the board was presented did not include the word "brakes." The document released today is post-dated November 15 and says it is "final."

The first item of three bullets identified as "key issues on client escalator systems" is "Incorrectly adjusted and/or damaged brake systems." The word "brake" appears more than 100 times in the document.

A sudden stream of tweets from Metro late Wednesday summarized the report as finding that the "major factor of the state of escalators/elevators is result of years of lack of adherence to Metro's maintenance standards. Report identifies escalator brakes among several issues to be addressed. Greater emphasis should have been placed on brakes as safety issue."

It followed up with statistics stating that four-fifths of the 588 escalators had already been inspected, and that 47 units had been taken out of service for repair.

Board Chair Peter Benjamin then told the Post's Ann Scott Tyson they'd found 72 brakes in need of replacement or with oil-damaged pads, and that all inspections would be completed by the end of the week. He said the issue should have been brought to the board's attention sooner, according to the Associated Press.

Dave Kubicek, Metro's deputy general manager, briefed Metro's board of directors on the assessment by the firm Vertical Transportation Excellence on Oct. 14 but failed to mention its findings on risky brakes, the Post reported yesterday.

"They had the alarm bell, and they didn't follow up on it until there were two incidents or problems, and the transgression puts our customers in peril," said Jim Graham, a board member from the District. He said Metro had not provided the board with a copy of the draft report.

"Any Metro escalator inspection that reveals a potential safety hazard results in that escalator immediately being removed from service," the Twitter feed said.

Read the report after the jump:

Pages 1-75

Pages 76-150

Pages 151-225

Pages 226-308

By Ann Scott Tyson and Luke Rosiak  | November 10, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Escalators  
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Does it even need to be said? There is an incompetent clown making an exhorbitant salary he has not earned. He's in charge of the escalators. He has no idea what he is doing.

Posted by: jrutter21 | November 11, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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