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Posted at 9:49 PM ET, 11/14/2010

The sound of Metro getting older

By Mark Thompson, Kensington

I have noted with interest your reporting on the $225,000 study that Metro hired Vertical Transportation Excellence to conduct into the sorry state of the system’s escalators and elevators [“Inspections reveal escalator problems,” Metro, Nov. 11]. I am sure that the study has merit.

But as someone who has ridden Metro for more than 30 years, I can think of an easier way to assess the health of the escalators.

For decades they ran silently and efficiently. But over the past several years — when the escalators are running — aging or ill-fitting parts have generated horrific noises that sound to me like a Tyrannosaurus rex trapped in a tar pit screeching its dying screams.

By Mark Thompson, Kensington  | November 14, 2010; 9:49 PM ET
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T-Rex was at the Smithsonian today .. Mall entrance.

Posted by: mitlen | November 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

T-Rex, that's a good way of putting it. I always called it "middle school band warm-ups". I think I might have actually taken an audio clip of one years ago, probably at the Pentagon.

Posted by: tecsbrain | November 15, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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