Keeping up with elevator renovations is not only essential to following the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also crucial in improving safety and conditions for those who absolutely need to use them. This is totally true when it comes to public places where many people flow in and out on a daily basis, especially in train stations. In this blog, I have written at length about elevator problems in various metropolitan subway areas before, so you know exactly how difficult it can be to find appropriate lift service in some stations for the disabled.
One county in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., is looking to install a series of elevators to ease congestion and difficult situations in the Bethesda Metro station, says a story in the Washington Post. However helpful this project might be, one group is pushing to get it moved along faster:
“A transit advocacy group in Montgomery County wants new elevators put in sooner than scheduled at Bethesda Metro station because members worry that plans to install new escalators will face hiccups and cause severe crowding and long lines. Metro plans to tear out the old, balky escalators and put in three new ones at the station’s north entrance. But that work won’t start until 2014.”
The possible breakdown of transit escalators is the major concern, with the advocacy group saying that lines could spell huge delays for riders. Some might say that the enormity of the $60 million project needs to be thoroughly planned out, so a start date in 2014 isn’t the worst case scenario. The elevator lines are pretty intense:
“The elevators would give riders access to the Purple Line and Metro’s Red Line from Elm Street. The elevators would take riders down to the Purple Line, which will run partially underground in downtown Bethesda, and to Metro’s Red Line. The Red Line would be about 10 stories below the Purple Line underground.”
Obviously, the sooner these elevators get put in, the sooner this train station becomes more accessible. I think it’s worth the wait to ensure that these elevator installations are completed properly.