Metro has good news for riders tired of broken escalators. The transit agency has signed a major contract to fix the problem.
It's a $151 million contract to replace or modernize 128 escalators across the system. Most will be up and running over the next five years, but some will not be online until 2020.
"Metro Forward, our capital rebuilding effort that has been underway for a few years, is not about band-aid solutions," says Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. "This is reconstructive surgery compared to a band-aid solution."
Stessel says the project will be funded by federal grants.
The Pentagon station will be the first to get an escalator makeover followed by Bethesda.