Metro to speed escalator overhaul
Metro will overhaul eight escalators over the next two months on an accelerated schedule -- four at Gallery Place-Chinatown Station and four at Union Station.
Metro said it will employ two shifts of workers in order to complete the work in eight weeks instead of 12, finishing by the end of February.
All parts of the escalators will be replaced, refurbished or removed -- including steps, handrails, safety devices and electrical units. When one escalator is being worked on, another will be taken out of service and used as steps, Metro said.
The escalators to be overhauled include four at the 7th Street entrance at Gallery Place Station and another four at both the Amtrak entrance and 1st Street mezzanine at Union
A recent independent report on Metro escalators and elevators found that Metro was not following its own maintenance standards for keeping the conveyances operating, and identified specific problems with escalator brakes, prompting Metro to inspect all escalators in the system and make immediate repairs.
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