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Metro Escalator, Elevator Audit Shows Longstanding Problems

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Metro's general manager says the transit agency should have paid more attention to escalator brakes as a safety issue, not just a maintenance issue.

Metro has released a 300-page outside audit on the transit system's escalators and elevators. The consultant found that years of failing to keep up with standards has led to the current state.

Interim General Manager Richard Sarles says the issue should have been brought to the attention of the Metro board sooner.

The report's release comes in the wake of an escalator accident that injured six people last month. The crowded L'Enfant Plaza escalator unexpectedly accelerated, then stopped, causing a pileup of falling riders.

Metro says it is currently inspecting brakes on all 588 escalators.

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