$180 million Metro project will replace escalators at 32 stations

A nearly $180 million Metro project will install updated escalators at stations across D.C., Maryland, & Virginia.

In a release, WMATA said the seven-year contract awarded to KONE costs around $179 million. The project is aimed at adding safety upgraded escalators starting in May 2021.

 

“Focused investment in safety and reliability improvements have resulted in 95 percent of Metro’s escalators being in service to customers,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Replacing these escalators that average 38-years old, will ensure we maintain reliability for our customers today and into the future.”

 

According to the authority, “Metro will replace escalators at three of the 10 longest station entrances in the system:

    • four escalators at Rosslyn that date back to 1977 and rise nearly 10 stories;
    • three escalators at the Dupont Circle North entrance first installed in 1976; and
    • three escalators at Tenleytown that run from the street to the platform.”

This project comes after Metro replaced 145 escalators in November 2019, along with refurnishing 153 older escalators. “With this new contract, 517 of the system’s 618 escalators (84%) will be replaced or rehabilitated since the program began in 2011,” the authority said.

Here is a full list of stations included in the project:

    • Addison Road (2 escalators)
    • Metro Center (9 escalators)
    • Ballston (6 escalators)
    • National Airport (4 escalators)
    • Benning Road (5 escalators)
    • New Carrollton (1 escalator)
    • Brookland-CUA (3 escalators)
    • Pentagon (5 escalators)
    • Capitol South (3 escalators)
    • Pentagon City (4 escalators)
    • Crystal City (6 escalators)
    • Potomac Ave. (3 escalators)
    • Deanwood (2 escalators)
    • Rhode Island Ave (3 escalators)
    • Dunn Loring (2 escalators)
    • Rockville (2 escalators)
    • Dupont Circle (3 escalators)
    • Rosslyn (8 escalators)
    • Farragut North (6 escalators)
    • Silver Spring (5 escalators)
    • Federal Center SW (3 escalators)
    • Takoma (3 escalators)
    • Franconia-Springfield (5 escalators)
    • Tenleytown (7 escalators)
    • Gallery Place (6 escalator)
    • Twinbrook (1 escalator)
    • Grosvenor (4 escalators)
    • Union Station (2 escalators)
    • L’Enfant Plaza (9 escalators)
    • Vienna (3 escalators)
    • Medical Center (2 escalators)
    • Virginia Square (3 escalators)

Metro emphasized that no more than 18 escalators will be down at any given time.

For more information on the project, click here.

Source: ABC 7 (WJLA)

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