Escalator Problems Strike Twice Sunday

By Tim Persinko
|  Sunday, Jul 17, 2011  |  Updated 9:12 AM EDT
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Mechanical problems struck Metro escalators twice on Sunday morning.

Just before 7:30 a.m., Metro issued an alert advising that all entrance escalators on the Red Line's Bethesda station were out of service.  Metro said it was a mechanical problem, and that shuttle bus service had been requested.

One hour later, mechanical problems have stopped the entrance escalators at the Q Street entrance of Dupont Circle.  Saturday morning, escalator service stopped briefly at Dupont Circle's 19th Street entrance, also for mechanical problems.

WMATA recently published a report on system-wide performance, and noted that in May, 1 out of 6 escalators were out of service.  Following the report, Metro told News4's Chris Gordon riders could expect escalator issues for the next five years.

Metro reported that all escalator problems had been resolved by 9 a.m.

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