WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Rosslyn Residents Balk At Plan To Remove Skywalk Escalators

Play associated audio

Plans for renovating the Rosslyn Metro station are under fire from a nearby neighborhood association. The North Rosslyn Civic Association says plans to replace a set of escalators with stairs at the Rosslyn station is a bad idea.

The disagreement isn't over the sky-high escalators that descend to the train platform, it's about the escalators between the existing surface Metro entrance up to the skybridge level. The civic association is unhappy with the plans to eliminate the above-ground escalators, as ARLNow reported last week.

Removing the escalators would make room for a Commuter Store scheduled to be built on the ticketing level of the Rosslyn station, according to a statement issued by Arlington County on its website. 

The civic association argues the two escalators leading up to the elevated sidewalks are the only assistance provided to residents in negotiating what they say is a tremendous change in elevation between the center of Rosslyn and the adjacent community to the west.

The county is working to address concerns, but plans to remove the escalators to make room for the Commuter Store are still in the works

The store is just one of the improvements scheduled for the Rosslyn station. Renovations to the Metro entrance are underway, including the installation of three high-speed elevators to access the station. Other improvements include an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible entrance on Ft. Myer Drive, more lighting on the station mezzanine, and renovating the existing skybridge.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 28, 2015

This weekend you can pay tribute to the late King of Pop or attend the last Jazz in the Garden performance of the summer.
NPR

#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
NPR

On Eve Of Katrina Anniversary, Bush Takes A Tour Of New Orleans 10 Years On

Former President George W. Bush is visiting the city on Friday in honor of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. His administration was criticized for how it dealt with the storm's aftermath.
NPR

Dartmouth Football's Brilliant Dummies

Two then-students at Dartmouth College built a game-changing mobile robotic football dummy that they say will decrease head injuries sustained from repeated tackling collisions.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.