At this morning's transportation committee hearing at the Wilson Building, Metro GM/CEO Richard Sarles said the escalators at Dupont Circle will undergo a year-long renovation starting this spring.
The Dupont escalators have had major issues over the past few months, with frequent and sudden breakdowns as well as constant outages. The looming renovations sounds as significant as the repairs being made at the Foggy Bottom station, where Metro has been replacing all three escalators.
The work at Dupont means riders will continue to see decommissioned escalators in the short term, but in the long term the station should be better off. At this point regular users of that station are probably used to hoofing it anyway.
D.C. councilmember Tommy Wells asked Sarles when customers might see 90 percent of the system's escalators functioning at any given time. Said Sarles, "I don't wanna take a guess at it."