Metro Seeks Escalator Consult

As if Metro did not have enough problems, the chronic difficulties with their escalators apparently requires outside help. For those who follow Metro's difficulties, they have obviously had major safety problems with their trains including the catastrophic Fort Totten crash of last year.

But the escalator problems have caused some significant injuries and have caused system-wide inconvenience. Approximately 10% of Metro escalators were out of service this week and by Metro's own numbers the problem has steadily worsened with overall reliability down from 2007 to 2008 to the present.

Some of the problems are attributable to the absence of necessary parts because the escalators built many years ago were manufactured by now defunct companies.

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