There have been three major escalator meltdowns at the Dupont Circle Metro Station in the past two days. And the problems at Dupont haven't been fully worked out.
At the station's south exit, some ten stories below street level, only one of three escalators is moving. And it's going down.
That means anyone leaving the station has to walk all the way up.
Mohammad El-khawas just exited at the top of the station and he's gasping for breath.
"I have to take breaks in order to make it to the top," he says. "They should really do something about it."
Trudging up the escalator is frustrating, El-Khawas says, and Metro's recent fare hikes make it even worse.
"If they need more fare, more money for the ride, they should at least use some of the money for fixing the escalators," he says. "It is annoying."
Metro says it expects to repair some of the escalators at Dupont as early as tomorrow. But it says others may not be back in service for a month or more.