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Two escalators working at Dupont Circle

An escalator between Q Street and the Dupont Circle Station mezzanine that had been out of service since Oct. 26 is operating again, Metro says.

Metro says it accelerated the work and had the escalator operating Monday evening. For more than a month, two of the three escalators at this very long north side exit had been motionless, to the great annoyance of many hundreds of riders. Work continues on the other one.

It's not easy to go either up or down at that heavily used location when an escalator is stopped and converted to use as a stairway. They weren't built for that.

More work on the escalators will continue this month, Metro says. Use this link to keep track of all the escalator and elevator outages.

Metro says in a statement that it is committed to running all available escalator units for customer convenience. "However, mechanical parts may not always be readily available, so many parts have to be custom-made or rebuilt, a process that adds time to the repair schedule. Some of the work required to repair the units is done off-site, such as refurbishing steps and rebuilding gearboxes and motors."

Dupont Circle's three south entrance escalators at 19th Street and Connecticut Avenue will be replaced completely and all the platform level escalators units rehabilitated beginning in the spring of 2011. That's part of the long-term Red Line rehabilitation project.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 10, 2009; 10:11 AM ET
 | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, escalators  
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In many cties and even in DC, instead of having very long escalators you have a shorter set, then a mezzanine and then ansother shorter set. It seems if metro is going to completely rebuild the escalators that this would make a lot more sense.
That way if an escalator breaks its a lot less walking up or down people have to do before they get to a working escalator. As its unlikely both sets will break at the same time.

Posted by: GlenBurnie | December 10, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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