Congress Heights escalator replacement and entrance closure

Advisory Effective: 11/21/17 - 12/27/19

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Congress Heights North Entrance

UPDATE 10/22/18

The three north side escalators are complete. Work has moved to the south side escalators and the entrance has been closed.

Customers can access the station using the escalators, stairs and elevator on the north side.

On or about December 4, 2017, Metro will begin a major capital project replacing the five entrance escalators at the Congress Heights Station. The project will replace the current escalators, which were installed when the station opened and have exceeded their useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Metro's contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators as part of an ongoing project to replace more than 130 escalators across the Metrorail system by the end of the decade.

How will this work affect my trip?

Congress Heights has two entrances providing access to the station. Work will begin on the three north side entrance escalators. While two escalators are out of service, customers will have access to the stairs, remaining escalator, elevator and the south entrance. When the north side is complete, work will move to the south side, which will close completely.

How long will the project take?

The replacement of the north entrance escalators is expected to take about 18 months for site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing. The south side will take an additional 6 months.

How can I stay informed about the project?

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Stay informed by visiting this page or calling Customer Service at (202) 637-7000

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