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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?
Linda Alberty

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.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 1, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , Safety  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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Whoever decided on putting in so many escalators should be shot.

If they've already passed away, their corpse should by exhumed, shot, burned, and reburied in an unmarked grave.

Posted by: kenk3 | March 1, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Take out the escalators & put in stairs.

It would help Washington lose weight & make METRO more visually appealing?

Have to seen the website The PEOPLE of WALMART?

The PEOPLE of METRO would also make a good WEBSITE (IMHO)!!!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 1, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Unless you're talking about the Dupont Circle or Rosslyn Metro, get rid of the escalators. Might as well. No use in getting people's hopes up that they might be working. It's a losing cause trying to fix them. Just gives a lot of work to a lot of mechanics.

Posted by: uncivil | March 1, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

My guess is they were probably required for ADA compliance.

Posted by: thetan | March 1, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

ADA was not in existence when most of Metro was built.

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 1, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

ADA? Are you kidding me? Try taking a wheelchair or crutches on an escalator. That's what the elevators/urinals are for.

Posted by: member5 | March 1, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Not everyone who is disabled is wheelchair bound and stairs are not always an option. Fix the daggone escalators. If you are going to continually raise rates, raise the level of service as well.

Posted by: dcurbangurl | March 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Robbnitafl - Actually, I find that most Metro riders to be slimmer than the general population. Many people walk to the Metro and then most walk the escalators.

That being said, I also think they should get rid of many of the escalators. Would save money and allow for better upkeep of the elevators.

Posted by: ams1500 | March 1, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Back when METRO was built, the ONLY requirement was elevators for those in wheelchairs. Thats why, when the 4.6 mile system 1st opened, trains sped past the Gallery Place station, because the elevator there was NOT IN SERVICE yet.

Also. . keep the escalators at the Wheaton Station. Unlike the Dupont Circle station, Wheatons escalator isnt exposed to the elements.

Posted by: OU8122 | March 1, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

For real, they actually denied able bodied people the use of the station just because an elevator wasn't in service? Using that logic, i'm surprised they don't shut the whole station everyime of the elevators stops working.

At any rate, NOW you have ADA, which covers lots of disabilities, including people with arthritis and/or lack of endurance to climb long flights of stairs. That is why you can eliminate short escalators, but anything more than about 15 steps ought to remain escalator. The escalators are far more efficient than elevators in terms of people moving capacity.

I would strongly recommend removing as many of the small ones as possible though. Like your typical escalator connecting the faregates to the platform. I wish they did have a little more foresight in terms of elevator capacity though. Some of the most utilized elevators are the smallest ones possible, like the street to fare control elevator at Woodley Park.

Posted by: thetan | March 1, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully some of those escalators will be working by Thursday night, when the Caps host Tampa Bay. Or we'll be monitoring the game from inside the station...

Posted by: ValleyCaps | March 1, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I travel frequently and so appreciate the escalators. It is what distinguishes Metro from many other systems. I still remember trying to haul my luggage out of the subway in Milan...ugh.

Posted by: execdir | March 1, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

execdir, what's your problem with using the urinalvators?

Posted by: member5 | March 2, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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