Metro rebuilding five escalators in January
Busted escalators are a constant complaint among Metrorail riders. Walking up a long set of steps at a station like Dupont Circle or Bethesda is bad, but even walking down an escalator that long requires extra concentration to avoid a stumble.
Most recently, travelers have focused on the long and often unmoving escalators between the Bethesda bus bays and the station mezzanine. Here's one comment that I didn't get to publish during Monday's online chat. It illustrates many of the problems that instantly result from stopping several long escalators at a crowded station.
Bethesda, Md.: Metro relies on some extremely long escalators. One might think that they would place a priority on ensuring that these escalators are ALWAYS operational, at least one in each direction. However, both in the morning and evening today, and once earlier in the week, there were no operational escalators at the Bethesda station, which by my count has 172 "steps".
Making matters worse the other day, people were walking down the escalator that people were walking up (i.e., walking down both). This made it tough to go up, as a lot of people stopped to catch their breath, but you could not pass them because people were galloping down the escalator. Needless to say, there was not a Metro employee in sight to direct traffic.
You could wait for the elevator, right? But at the busy stations like Bethesda, the elevator line gets long in a hurry. Many people get discouraged, and instead will trudge up the stopped escalator.
According to Metro's schedule of repairs, one of those Bethesda escalators will be out till the end of the month for major repairs.
Metro also announced this month that major rehabs are getting underway on five escalators. These are very long projects -- 10 to 12 weeks -- in which the escalators are rebuilt. Some of the parts have to be custom made and some of the work is done repair shops rather than at the escalator.
These are the escalators that are in for the major work:
-- Gallery Place, an escalator between the mezzanine and station entrance at F and 7th streets. This is the second of the four escalators at this entrance to be modernized, Metro says.
-- Friendship Heights, an escalator between the platform and mezzanine. It's the last of five station escalators to be modernized.
-- Bethesda, an escalator between the platform and mezzanine. It's the first of two platform escalators to be modernized.
-- Federal Triangle, an escalator between the mezzanine and station entrance. It's the second of three intermediate level escalators to be modernized.
-- Virginia Square, an escalator between the mezzanine and station entrance. It's the first of the four platform escalators to be modernized.
January 12, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: DC transit, Dr. Gridlock, Metro escalators
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