5 escalators out at Gallery Place
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
Do you have any information on when the escalators in the Gallery Place Metro station will be back in service?
As of Monday morning, five escalators are out of service at Gallery Place. It's a big rail transfer point with many escalators taking passengers to many platforms and levels, including three street entrances, but five is still a lot for one station. Gallery Place is the seventh busiest in the transit system.
The escalators are out of service for just about every reason Metro has to take an escalator out of service. One is scheduled to be repaired by Tuesday. That's the one between the street and mezzanine at the 9th and G streets NW entrance.
Another one, between 7th and H streets and the middle landing, is scheduled to be back in service by Friday after a safety check.
Two more are out of service between the Red Line platform on the Glenmont side and Yellow and Green Line platform. One of them is getting a rehab that is scheduled to be done March 16. The other is turned off so that people can use it as stairs to go up and down. Turning off an escalator for use as stairs when the parallel one is being fixed is a standard Metro strategy.
The fifth escalator, the 7th and G streets entrance and the mezzanine, also is undergoing a lengthy rehab and is not scheduled to be back with us until April 7, about the time the Cherry Blossom Festival is wrapping up.
While five is a lot, it's not at all unusual for several escalators to be knocked out for lengthy periods at busy stations. There are three out at L'Enfant Plaza, Metro Center, McPherson Square, Georgia Avenue-Petworth and Woodley Park.
We never seem to be winning the war with the transit system's aging equipment.
March 1, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
Categories: Metro , Safety | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail
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