Bethesda Metro Station Reopens After Escalator Outage - NBC4 Washington

Bethesda Metro Station Reopens After Escalator Outage



    Power Outage Closes Bethesda Metro Station for Hours

    Tuesday's power outage put a Metro escalator, and ultimately an entire station, out of business for about six hours. News4's Shomari Stone reports. (Published Tuesday, April 7, 2015)

    Metro is now saying the escalator outage at the Bethesda Metro station was related to the widespread power outages across D.C. and Maryland Tuesday afternoon.

    The station was closed about six hours, including rush hour, and trains bypassed it.

    Riders were told to use the Medical Center station or buses as an alternative. Metro also offered shuttle bus service between Bethesda and Medical Center.

    The station reopened after 9 p.m.

    Technicians replaced a speed sensor that burned as a result of the fluctuating voltage due to the outage and also replaced a brake.

    The escalator that went out of service is 31 years old, dating to the original construction of the station, and is the second longest in the Western Hemisphere.