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Posted at 7:36 PM ET, 02/ 4/2010

Metro's Bethesda Station: Bring your climbing gear

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Rick Duffy
Cabin John

As a 30-year fan of Metro, it pains me to watch the system decline to second-rate status, heading toward third-rate. Service on the Red Line has yet to recover from the June accident. Delays and severe overcrowding are a daily occurrence. On many days since the first of the year, all of the escalators at Bethesda, one of the deepest stations in the system, have been out of order. One day recently, all escalators were just long, motionless trash-strewn stairways, and the elevator to the street was out of order.

There were no announcements about the meltdown at Bethesda, so elderly riders, passengers with disabilities, travelers with suitcases and parents with small children were caught by surprise. One elderly woman about halfway up was checking her carotid pulse. In the interest of public safety, at the absolute minimum, Metro needs to ensure that the elevator or one of the three escalators at Bethesda is running in the up direction.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 4, 2010; 7:36 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Metro, transportation  
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Comments

metro is a rip off. They work backwards. The canopies should have been installed years ago to protect the escalators from the elements. Now folks have to sufffer. The station manager should instruct people to use the elevatos. I feel sorry for the people exiting/entering these dangersous stations. Like I said before. If people BOYCOTT Metro for several days; you can bet things would will improve immediately.

Posted by: rawdiamond61 | February 8, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

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