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Metro says new escalators at L'Enfant Plaza to be up and running Monday

Officials say the completion of the north entrance escalators is part of a seven-year project to replace 130 Metro escalators by 2028.

WASHINGTON — Beginning Monday, three new escalators will be up and running at L'Enfant Plaza Station. This announcement comes after eight months of construction that closed the north entrance at Maryland Avenue and 7th Street SW.

Officials claim the project will provide better, more reliable escalators for customers and includes the latest safety features and LED lighting.

After the north entrance is reopened, the connection to Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will be restored and the closet Metro entrance for government agencies, office buildings and some of the most popular museums on the National Mall.

During construction, Metro's contractor, Kone, removed all three escalators at once. Officials say new concrete encased support beams had to be installed before the escalators could be replaced. 

Each escalator is custom built to fit the entrance and is industrial grade, designed to be more durable for the weight and traffic of a busy station, according to a news release.

Officials say the completion of the north entrance escalators is part of a seven-year project to replace 130 escalators by 2028 and brings the number of escalators replaced in the past two years to 39.

Crews will begin work new year to replace the remaining six escalators at L'Enfant Plaza's two other entrances. In addition, Metro is currently replacing 11 escalators at eight other stations including Ballston, Metro Center, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma, Tenleytown and Union Station, with construction beginning at Farragut North next week.

Metro's efforts to improve escalator availability and provide customers with a better experience from the street to the platform, on trains, buses and in stations are being supported by the $179 million project.

Metro owns 643 escalators systemwide, with some of the deepest stations and the two longest escalators in North America at Wheaton and Bethesda. 

Some of Metro’s escalators are now 46 years old and at the end of their useful life. At L’Enfant Plaza, the north entrance escalators were 39 years old making them more prone to problems, with obsolete parts that make repairs more difficult.

Find more information on Metro's escalator replacement program here


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