For immediate release: September 2, 2022

Work to install new escalators at Silver Spring Station to begin Tuesday, Sept. 6

As part of customer improvements at the Silver Spring Station, Metro is replacing the five entrance escalators at the Silver Spring Station with brand-new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Work will begin at the north entrance between East-West Highway and Second Ave on Tuesday, Sept 6. The entrance will close during construction for approximately four months to allow the escalators to be replaced concurrently and reduce construction time. 

Metrorail service will not be impacted and customers will be able to access the station via the escalator and elevator at the south entrance closest to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center.

The north entrance between East-West Highway and Second Avenue has two escalators leading from the lower level entrance to the upper platform . Closing the entrance will cut the construction time in half. Additionally, replacing the escalators one at a time would leave only one stationary escalator for customers to walk both up and down at the same time. 

Following completion of the escalators on the north side, the entrance will reopen and work will begin to replace the three south entrance escalators. The entrance will remain open and the new escalators will be installed one at a time. Construction is expected to take approximately 11 months to complete. 

Metro’s contractor KONE will install the escalators as part of an ongoing project to replace 130 escalators across the Metrorail system by 2028, helping to ensure the regional infrastructure remains in a state of good repair. To date, Metro has completed installation of 27 new escalators with 13 more underway as part of the project. 

Additional information can be found on the Escalator, Canopy and Elevator project page. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts text or email messages to receive project updates and service information or contact Customer Service at 202-637-1328 with additional questions.