Metro Takes Steps To Address Faulty Escalators

By WAMU News 88.5 FM
|  Tuesday, Jan 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Metro Takes Steps To Address Faulty Escalators

NBCWashington.com

Metro is focusing extra attention on its problematic escalators, a frequent source of complaint from riders.

The transit agency is starting the new year with a newly appointed general superintendent for elevator and escalator programs.

Veteran engineer Rodrigo Bitar has been assigned to the position. His task: to oversee the repairs and upkeep of hundreds of escalators and elevators that Metro has failed to maintain.

In October, six passengers at the L'Enfant Plaza station were injured when the brakes on a Metro escalator malfunctioned. After the incident, a system-wide inspection found additional problems with various Metro escalators.

Bitar will be charged with shepherding repair work laid out in an agency assessment made public earlier this year.

Bitar previously worked for Metro as a director of quality assurance and warranty, where he focused on improving maintenance processes.

Listen to the complete story at wamu.org

Copyright 2011 WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio. All Rights Reserved.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
NBC4's Camp4Kids
NBC4 launched Camp4Kids in 1993, in... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out