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Rosslyn Residents Balk At Plan To Remove Skywalk Escalators

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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.

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