U Street Metro entrance reopens after escalator replacement


The 13th Street NW entrance of the U Street Metro station reopened last month with two new escalators, according to a news release from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The entrance had closed in April, and Metro originally expected the escalator replacement work to take six months. According to the release, Metro’s contractor was able to shave a month off the project timeline by fully closing the entrance, allowing work on both escalators at once.

With the 13th Street entrance reopened, Metro will move forward with replacing the U Street station’s 10th Street escalators early next year. According to the release, Metro has replaced 80 escalators since 2011, with another 153 having been rehabilitated to new condition, and it’s also investing $151 million to replace more than 130 escalators by the end of the decade.