Metro reopened the south entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro Station in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday afternoon.
Riders on Metro’s Red Line can now use the three new escalators installed in the south entrance.
For the past 8 months, metro crews replaced the three old escalators as part of Metro's Escalator Replacement Project. According to Metro, the initial replacement was necessary because the old escalators had deteriorated to the point of total unreliability. Metro added that the escalator's originial manufacturer had gone out of business, and escalator parts were "non-standard," making simple repair impossible. In all, the transit authority has slated 94 escalators for replacement across the system over the next seven years.
Travelers were asked to use the station's north entrance on Q Street, as well as the nearby Farragut North Red Line station.
According to Metro, 23,000 people use Dupont Circle's south entrance.