Ride Up, Walk Down at Dupont Circle Metro Station

Four of six escalators at the Dupont Circle Metro Station -- two at each entrance -- remained out of service Wednesday, meaning riders can ride the escalators up but must walk down.

About 95 percent of elevators and 88 percent of escalators are working throughout the system, spokesman Steven Taubenkibel told News4's Chris Gordon, which is lower than usual.

At Dupont Circle, it could take a couple more days before riders are able to ride escalators down, Taubenkibel said, but one of the six escalators likely will be out of service until the end of the month because of a handrail problem that was an issue before outages this week.

At 188 feet long, the escalators at Dupont Circle are the sixth longest in the system.

In June, the transit system brought in an outside expert to help diagnose chronic problems with the escalators and elevators, the Associated Press reported. The expert's report is expected by mid-September.

A major escalator repair project is planned for Dupont Circle in the fall, meaning several weeks of disruptions.

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