Updated: Trains Bypassing Bethesda Metro Station Again After Escalator Outage

Similar incident happened last week

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Aaron Kraut

Update 1:45 p.m. – For the second time in less than a week, an escalator outage at the Bethesda Metro station had trains bypassing the station Monday morning.

Metro once again provided shuttle service to and from the station from the Medical Center station. At about 12:45 p.m., the transit system announced the escalator had been repaired and the station was reopened.

Because of an ongoing escalator replacement project, only two of the station’s three long escalators are working.

When one of those stops working – as happened around 9:45 a.m. Monday – Metro says it must close the station to repair it and to prevent overcrowding on the mezzanine and platform below.

The incident is a repeat of last Wednesday morning, when one of the two working escalators stopped working just before 9 a.m. and had riders waiting in line for the shuttles to and from Medical Center. It took Metro technicians about two hours to fix the escalator last week.

The station was also closed for nearly six hours on April 7 after a power surge caused one of the escalators to stop working.

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