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Update: Ten Rescued from Woodley Park Metro's Elevator

UPDATE (4:02 p.m.): Metro's elevator technicians lowered the elevator to the mezzanine level to get the 10 people out, according to Taubenkibel, who said he was not aware of any injuries.

UPDATE (3:58 p.m.): The people have been released from the elevator as of 3:46 p.m, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says. The preliminary number rescued is 10 people, updated from six earlier.

"We are trying to finalize the number of people inside the elevator," Taubenkibel said.

ORIGINAL (3:15 p.m.): Six people have been trapped in an elevator at the Adams Morgan-Woodley Park Metro station on the Red Line since 2:17 p.m., authorities said.

"We're still trying to get the elevator up or down to get the people out," said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

He said there are no reported injuries.

By James Hohmann  |  July 30, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
 | Tags: Metro, Red Line, Woodley Park  
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Comments

Let's hope they don't include Professor Gates and Officer Crowley on their way to their Whitehouse beer!

I'd hate for Dr. Gates to accuse WMATA of 'profiling'....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | July 30, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

metrofail strikes again

Posted by: blah1233242 | July 30, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

So, let's see...

Metro "failsafe" ATC causes trains to crash into each other.

Metro is still charging rush-hour fares for perpetually delayed service since the train crash.

Metro trains derail.

Metro escalators are out of service more often than they are in service.

Metro email alerts get resent by the 1000s.

Metro announcements are still largely unintelligible, usually pointless, and often misleading.

Metro cannot provide current information on its website re delays, malfunctions, and incidents.

Metro elevators get stuck stranding passengers.

Is there anything Metro can actually do right? Anything at all? Sounds like a great idea for a WP story.

Posted by: nocando | July 30, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else hear the drip...drip...drip...?

Posted by: jckdoors | July 30, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Yikes, that's a tiny elevator...I hope they are 6 small people...

Always wondered why that elevator wasn't larger. Its such a time saver, especially for those coming from the north, that it gets a lot of use, and is woefully inadequate considering the number of people lined up to use it.

Posted by: thetan | July 30, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of the people who were stuck were able-bodied and just too lazy to walk an extra 20 ft. to take the escalator. More often than not, that's the case. For such people, I have no sympathy. No wonder we're a nation of fat-asses.

Posted by: rrno62 | July 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

A quick search of "Woodley Park metro elevator" in the WP archives shows that folks were trapped in this same elevator in August 2006, May 2002, and June 1998. While it would be unrealistic to expect perfection from any system, would the Post please do an article on whether this escalator has malfunctioned more frequently than others in the Metro system (or has its malfunctions just received more coverage)? Thanks.

Posted by: dwanebivens | July 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

That is a really busy station to have only a single escalator and a tiny elevator. The next station out - Cleveland Park has escalator exits on both sides of Connecticut and bigger elevators- but has to have about a fifth of the passenger traffic.
Metro should use the stimulus money to drop an escalator in from the north near Connecticut & Cathedral. Or at a minimum quadruple that tiny elevator

Posted by: hm1501 | July 30, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

rrno62:

Remember, earlier this week, the escalator was shut down and the only access WAS the elevator.

see - http://voices.washingtonpost.com/getthere/2009/07/traffic_alert_all_entrance_esc.html

Perhaps the users weren't sure of the status of the escalators.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | July 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm suprised that no one has been stuck on any Metro escalator - yet.

Posted by: CubsFan | July 30, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comment about able-bodied persons using the elevators. I have many paralyzed friends and colleagues who need those elevators and often wait because the "walking" folks use them. Shame on you for not using your working legs to go a little further. I'm sure my friends would switch places with you in a heartbeat.

Posted by: BigR1 | July 30, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

People, have you ever actually been to Woodley Park station? If you have, you would know that the escalator and elevator are an entire block apart from each other. Add that to the fact that the escalators are rediculously slow (in London they have plenty of long escalators that go much faster, don't understand why we can't do that here). I've timed it before, and if going to the north after exiting the station, it is actually faster to get up to the ground to take the elevator, even if you "just missed it". Meaning, the elevator goes from the station all the way up to the street, then all the way back down, picks us up, and then all the way back up to the street. That's right, wait for the second elevator, and its still faster then the escalators!

There is no excuse for such a tiny amount of elevator capacity at such a majorly used station. As far as I'm concerned, the elevator is a completely seperate entrance to the Metro since the escalator entrance is a block away, and myself, as well as many of my neighbors, will continue to use the entrance that is most convenient for us. I think the vast majority of us are kind enough to let someone in a wheelchair cut to the front of the line, knowing that even if we have to wait for the second elevator, we'll still get in faster then if we walked an extra block to the escalators.

Bottom line is Metro needs a bigger elevator, a second elevator, or faster esclators at this particular station.

Posted by: thetan | July 30, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

BigR1, I'm glad you can see so many people's invisible disabilities, in order to make judgments about their walking capability!

(Because you'd never have, say, a healthy-looking 30-year-old who just had major knee surgery recently and can't actually walk up a stalled escalator. Nope.)

Posted by: EtoilePB | July 30, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Having taken that elevator for a number of years, I can't recall more than once or twice when a person with an obvious (or even semi-obvious) disability relating to mobility was not allowed to go to the front of the line and enter first (or last, as appropriate). By "obvious" I mean anyone with a wheelchair/cart, cane, crutches, broken foot, even a limp, plus strollers, toddlers, etc.

The only time I saw someone have to wait was when the arrived as the elevator was loading so it was already partly or nearly full and their wheelchair/buggy couldn't fit at that point. That hardly seems like an onerous wait--one elevator cycle.

Posted by: ah___ | July 31, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

"People, have you ever actually been to Woodley Park station? If you have, you would know that the escalator and elevator are an entire block apart from each other."

Ooooohhh. Imagine, an entire block! Brutal, dude.

Posted by: rrno62 | July 31, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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