Metrorail Stations Scheduled For Makeovers
Metro has a team that tackles the basic repair and cleaning jobs that improve the look of the rail stations. If you notice a station looking brighter and cleaner over a period of several months, it's most likely because the station enhancement crew has been on the job.
At a Metro committee meeting this morning, Paul Gillum, Metro's director of plant maintenance, laid out the schedule for the fiscal year that started July 1. His people do 12 "major" and 12 "mini" enhancements each year. The longterm schedule is to restore the look of each station about every three years and nine months.
Enhancements are scheduled for these stations during the next 12 months:
Major Enhancements: Dunn Loring, East Falls Church, Eisenhower Avenue, Forest Glen, Medical Center, Potomac Avenue, Twinbrook, Wheaton, White Flint, U Street, Vienna, West Falls Church.
Mini Enhancements: Ballston, Bethesda, Brookland, Court House, Foggy Bottom, Franconia-Springfield, Friendship Heights, Rockville, Shady Grove, Smithsonian, Virginia Square, Woodley Park.
The majors and the minis involve different types of work. A major takes about three months. A mini takes about 25 percent less time. I watched some of the overnight work for a "major" at Cleveland Park. During the hours the station was closed, crews on lifts power washed the station's concrete ceiling and walls. I could see the before and after, and the difference was remarkable as they removed the tunnel dust that gathers in the station.
Read some more about the station enhancement program in this Commuter page feature.
July 16, 2009; 10:24 AM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, station enhancement
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