The Metro board decided to shut down the escalators at the Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle stations for one year so workers can replace them. The decision comes after a Metro escalator accident injured a four-year-old boy earlier this month at the U Street station. The boy got his foot stuck in the escalator and it took the Fire Department Technical Rescue Team six minutes to free him. The boy suffered a sprained toe in the incident.
A spokesperson for the Metro board said replacing the Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle stations is long overdue. The one year shut down will allow workers time to re-build the entire stairwells at both stations. The rehab is part of Metro’s $148 million, six-year repair plan. Metro plans to replace 144 escalators in the six years.
Some riders agree the escalators need replacing, but think Metro should create a plan for riders before taking the escalators out of service. One rider commented that the only options are walking all the stairs or riding an overcrowded elevator.
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