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Foggy Bottom escalators out

The escalators of the week are at Foggy Bottom Station on the Blue and Orange lines. All three are out of service on Tuesday morning, and that's likely to mean long lines of people on the mezzanine waiting to get out.

Foggy Bottom, the station for George Washington University and hospital, federal offices and many businesses as well as the monuments on the west side of the National Mall, has only one exit. When its bank of three escalators is out, exiting passengers must use one, or sometimes two as stairs. For some passengers, the escalator wait is as long as the train ride.

According to Metro's lengthy list of out of service escalators,
one at Foggy Bottom is scheduled to be fixed by March 25. Another is scheduled to be running by Friday. There's no date yet for repair of the third. [10 a.m. update: This one also is now scheduled to be back in service by Friday.]

By Robert Thomson  |  March 9, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro escalators  
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Wheaton should also be nominated for the "escalators of the week" category - I've seen no functioning upward bound escalators several times over the past two weeks. The plan was supposedly for one of the three lanes to be closed at any given time for preventative maintenance during the last month, but it seems that they can't quite keep the other two from breaking while they work on it.

Posted by: adbiosec | March 9, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Heckuva Job Metro!

Are all of those escalators EVER working?

Posted by: member5 | March 9, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

We're not even asking for all of them to be working...just one out of 3!!!

Posted by: thetan | March 9, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

That's strange. When I came through at 10:30 AM, the southern-most escalator was running, taking people out of the station.

Posted by: JohnOfCharleston | March 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Metro completely renovate the Foggy Bottom escalators just last year or so? What gives?

Posted by: drewdane | March 9, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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