Report: New DuPont Escalators Had 20 Outages In 40 Days

9:00 AM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro says the long-awaited new escalators at the busy Dupont Circle station have experienced 20 outages in their first 40 days.

The escalators opened Oct. 20 after a nearly 9-month closure of the station's southern entrance.

But The Washington Examiner ( ) reports that they've experienced multiple shutdowns of varying lengths. For example, on Oct. 30, two of the three new escalators didn't work, leaving riders to walk up a single 188-foot staircase.

Metro spokesman Philip Stewart says "the escalators are functioning as intended." He says they are "many times more reliable than the units they replaced."

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