Posted: Mar 20, 2014 Expiration: Mar 31, 2014

Van Ness: East entrance reopens with two new escalators

The Van Ness east-side entrance reopened for customer use on Thursday, March 20, 2014, after Metro completed a four-month escalator replacement project to install two new "transit grade" units at the station. These new escalators are the tenth and eleventh to be installed under the Metro Forward rebuilding program.

The two new escalators serve the entrance of Van Ness Station on the east side of Connecticut Ave and replace outdated units that were installed when the station first opened in 1981. The reliability of the original units had decreased dramatically over time and as such, Metro engineers determined that a full replacement of the escalators was necessary.

The Van Ness project marks the first two escalators under a contract with KONE Corporation to fully replace up to 128 escalators by 2020, including five additional projects already underway at Bethesda, Columbia Heights, Friendship Heights, Georgia Ave, and Mt Vernon Square.

Metro greatly appreciates the patience of our Van Ness riders during this replacement project.  Replacement of the entrance escalator on the west side of Connecticut Ave will begin later this year.

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