To "save money," Metro bosses are thinking about just replacing the escalators with regular stairs.
It apparently costs $51,000 a year to keep each escalator broken. The Metro board wants to replace some of those broken escalators with stairs -- so you might have one broken escalator and one set of stairs, rather than two broken escalators.
These are bold plans for a bold era.
Hoofing It Out of the Subway [Washington Post]
Stairs Vs. Escalators? Metro Board to Take Up the Issue [WTOP]