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The three longest escalators in the District of Columbia have been replaced!

by Prince Of Petworth June 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm 7 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

From WMATA:

“Metro today completed a major capital project to replace six escalators at Woodley Park Station, including the three longest escalators in the District of Columbia.

Metro’s contractor, KONE, replaced the escalators two at a time in succession. The overall project took more than two years to complete, including site preparation, demolition and removal of the old escalators, installation of complex gantries and cranes to move the new escalators and supporting structures into place, as well as testing and tuning.

“Metro’s infrastructure is aging and this is another example of the kind of investment that is needed across the system to provide customers with good, safe and reliable service,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Before being replaced, these escalators were more than 30 years old and beyond their useful life. With these brand-new escalators customers will see the improvement.”

  • HaileUnlikely

    I read somewhere that Metro has two of the three longest escalators in all of North America: Bethesda and Wheaton. I wonder if that is accurate.

  • c

    When did this statement come out? Because they were DEFINITELY still working on these buggers this morning when I went to work.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or does the middle escalator at this metro station seem to wobble up and down….

    • Ross

      It’s not just you. Half assed job they did on that one. You’d think they might get it done right for as long as it took.

  • Anne

    Can someone who knows about elevators/elevator repair/elevator construction explain why it took them two years to replace these elevators? This seems like an excessive amount of time to me, but I know nothing about elevator replacement.

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