After almost a year of renovation work, the south entrance to the Dupont Circle Metro station has reopened, to the delight of those who live and work in the area.
The entrance now features three brand new escalators. These transit-grade, state-of-the-art escalators replace what were previously some of the most dangerous and unreliable escalators in the Metro system. Customers faced either the prospect of a sudden stop, sending them tumbling downward into the station, or an unpleasant 85-foot walk to the surface.
The renovation of the Dupont Circle escalators began in February and lasted as long as it did because of the sheer length involved as well as the extraordinarily tight space in which Metro contractors had to work.
Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the project was completed on time and on budget. This is just one more step in Metro's multi-year plan to enhance the safety and reliability of services across the transit system.