Metro begins escalator work at U Street, Friendship Heights stations


Escalators at the 13th Street NW entrance to the U Street Metrorail station closed Monday to accommodate a six-month replacement project.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is working to replace more than 130 of its 618 Metro station escalators by the end of the decade, and the two escalators near 13th and U streets NW are in need of repair. An elevator near 13th and U streets and escalators at 10th and U streets NW still serve the station.

Meanwhile, Metro also recently began replacing the longest escalators at the Friendship Heights station. That work will involve just one escalator at a time, preserving access to the station, and will take two and a half years.