The first problem occurred when a train broke down — WMATA closed off access to the station to prevent crowding. That makes some sense, because it can easily escalate from a crowded platform to a dangerous platform.
Less tolerable is the malfunction that caused all three escalators to become stairs for thirty minutes during the evening commute.
The likely culprit? A false fire alarm that automatically shuts down escalators. When I rode past the station on Thursday, there was a little mobile unit for emergency response outside the south side entrance. Here’s hoping for a smoother rest of the year.