Where are Metro’s 20 worst escalators?

The transit agency could delay projects, such as escalator maintenance, to balance the budget. (WTOP Photo/Kristi King)

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, Md. – Metro’s escalators are aging. Many often don’t work, but some are worse than others.

While it could take a month to replace the escalators at Dupont Circle, they are not the worst in the subway system.

They don’t even make the top 20.

Georgia Avenue is the worst, with one escalator there working only 34 percent of the time and another only 48 percent of the time.

The escalators at Friendship Heights make the top 20 twice. One escalator works only 38 percent of the time, another only 44 percent of the time.

Metro plans to replace or repair 94 escalators, but repairs or replacements can often take months.

Below is a list of the top 20 worst performing escalators as compiled by Metro for ABC7. The number listed after the station is the percentage of time at which a particular escalator at that station works.

  1. Georgia Avenue: 34.17 percent
  2. Friendship Heights: 38.46 percent
  3. Bethesda: 44.57 percent
  4. Friendship Heights: 44.60 percent
  5. Huntington: 45.16 percent
  6. U Street: 46.38 percent
  7. Georgia Avenue: 48.85 percent
  8. U Street: 60.87 percent
  9. Columbia Heights: 61.96 percent
  10. Glenmont: 65.93 percent
  11. Georgia Avenue: 66.25 percent
  12. Arlington Cemetery: 67.07 percent
  13. Friendship Heights: 69.46 percent
  14. Georgia Avenue: 70.40 percent
  15. U Street: 70.56 percent
  16. Woodley Park: 70.90 percent
  17. Glenmont: 73.64 percent
  18. Woodley Park: 73.87 percent
  19. Cleveland Park: 73.89 percent
  20. Arlington Cemetery: 74.48 percent

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