Dear PoP – Why Aren’t There More Stairs at Metro?

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“Dear PoP,

With the recent talk (read: begging) for an additional metro entrance at foggy bottom, the examiner reports that the cost for an additional entrance would be >$20m. This is likely due to the escalators. Which leads to my question, why aren’t there numerous metro entrances at more stations using good old fashioned stairs? There exists escalators and elevators for the handicapped and infirm so, so its not a question of making the Metro accessible. Any ideas?”

It’s a great question – especially considering how often the escalators break down. Anyone know why there aren’t more regular stairs?

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