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Posted at 9:35 PM ET, 11/14/2010

One way to get more working escalators

By Edward Steinhouse, Columbia

Metro’s repair and maintenance contract for its 588 escalators and 275 elevators pays its contractor to fix things when they go wrong. This creates the wrong incentive. Metro’s contract should provide for a fair annual overall price to keep the equipment running, with a stated amount deducted for each day that each piece of equipment is out of service. Could we expect fewer breakdowns with such an approach?

By Edward Steinhouse, Columbia  | November 14, 2010; 9:35 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Metro  
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I liked this idea at first, but then realized that it would give Metro a financial incentive to want escalators to be out of service.

Posted by: DOEJN | November 15, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I don't think this is it.

How about have metro put the work out to bid?

There are 20 some companies in the area that keep things working in malls and commercial building throughout the area. The bidding process will drive costs down and the threat of a contract that ends will keep them performing.

The bus drivers don't seem to be proficient at elevator and escalator repairs.

Posted by: aschultz00 | November 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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