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11-05-2010, 05:12 PM
Broken Metro escalators send riders flying

Two escalator brake failures in five days sent passengers flying down to the bottom — and landed four in the hospital, putting the spotlight on Metro’s deteriorating escalator performance.

Both brake failures happened when the escalators were packed. The first occurred after Saturday’s rally on the National Mall when a L’Enfant Plaza station escalator went into free fall;

the second came on Wednesday night at Gallery Place-Chinatown, where witnesses said a station escalator suddenly sped up on passengers who were leaving the Washington Capitals game.

Metro safety officials presented a preliminary report on the weekend incident Thursday morning. Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said officials investigated the second incident on Thursday.
“It was determined that one of the escalators did need a new brake, so they will be installing it when [the part] is available either today or tomorrow,” she said.

The accidents are two blows to an agency already plagued by worsening escalator performance. According to Metro data, the average escalator reliability has fallen three straight years to 90.5 percent in 2009.

Even then, some Metro Board members believe escalator performance is much worse.
The L’Enfant report said the sheer volume of the passengers on the escalator — on a day when Metro broke a ridership record — contributed to the malfunction.

“When the escalator shut down [due to the volume], the brakes engaged but failed due to the passenger load,” Metro Deputy Chief of Rail Safety Robert Maniuszko told the committee.

“After the distinct sound of a metallic ‘bang,’ ” he said, the escalator went into an 18-second free fall.

Passengers “piled up at the bottom” and six were injured; two declined medical attention. One of the four sent to the hospital suffered a “severe laceration and possibly internal injury,” Maniuszko said.


11-05-2010, 07:35 PM
Don't they do any PM on their equipment? :confused:

11-05-2010, 08:04 PM
Don't they do any PM on their equipment? :confused:

Poor Maintenance
Power Maintenance
Pre Menstrual
Please Mom

11-05-2010, 08:52 PM
Proper Madam
Please Mister

Oh, preventive maintenance!
Would it really have taken that long to type the whole words.:rolleyes:

You should have come with a manual!

11-05-2010, 10:53 PM
Don't they do any PM on their equipment? :confused:
P.M., were talking Government types here:

First we need an exact report,next committee meetings to read the reports next form a working group,next establish a plan and so on to Ad infinitum !