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Early Problems at Single Exit Dupont Circle Metro Station

by Borderstan.com February 12, 2012 at 11:30 am 0

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By Michelle Lancaster. Got news, a hot tip or want to complain about what is or isn’t in this? Let her know on Twitter @michlancaster or via email at[email protected].

Washington Examiner reports that WMATA has already had to use their emergency plans for the Dupont Circle Metro station twice since closing the south entrance (on the south side of the Circle).

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.

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