Work is now complete on replacing the six escalators at the Woodley Park Metrorail station, officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced Friday.
The project took more than two years, with contractor KONE working on two escalators at a time in succession. Three of the Woodley Park escalators are the longest in the District, according to Metro’s news release.
“Before being replaced, these escalators were more than 30 years old and beyond their useful life,” Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld said in the release. “With these brand-new escalators customers will see the improvement.”
Next up, Metro will replace five entrance escalators at the Cleveland Park Metrorail station, a project expected to take 20 months. The station’s elevators will remain in service for the duration of the work, officials said.
The transit authority has replaced 75 escalators and rehabilitated more than 150 since 2011.