Would be nice if Metro would concentrate on fixing all the broken escalators in the system and forget about the canopies.
Actually, I would hope that the canopies would keep some of the water out and maybe prevent some of the problems. That said, Metro still needs to spend some time fixing the broken escalators. I saw a rare event yesterday at Huntington: Someone was working on the Huntington South Street escalator (due to be fixed yesterday, but once again, Metro failed to meet the latest in a long series of return-to-service dates).
is why the District just ordered close to 100 more traffic cameras... to pay foe this nonsense!
The point of the canopies is to protect the escalators from rain so they won't wear out as fast and need as much maintenance.
Welcome to DC, Pachacutec.
Capitol South needs a Canopy as the escalators are constantly breaking down due to exposure of the elements. In addition to the 3 escalators, it does have a set of cement steps, but it is a long walk down about 100 steps
I was so happy to see that staircase this morning. Should relieve the bottleneck of people trying to get down the one escalator header down at evening rush hour.
The problem with relieving the down-ward bottleneck on the one escalator is that the stairs are on the wrong side! They should be NEXT to the down escalator, so that when people see a bottleneck they can quickly shift to the stairs. Instead, they will now have to cut across the traffic from the two up escalators to get there. That will discourage people from actually doing this, and when people do, it will mix with and slow the up traffic.
Instead of having a Canopy, why don't they have two escalators going down forthe afternoon rush-hour. Every afternoon is the same thing, one escalator going down and two going up, why can't they swich.
I've noticed at Capitol South, sometimes when one or two escalators are broken, they've left the remaining one going up. Once they had both working going up and none going today. Metro says they prefer to leave it going up in case of emergency
I give the escalators three months before they break-down!