That's longer than it takes a human baby to gestate in the womb. You can get pregnant right now, carry the baby to full term, and celebrate its first month of life before the Georgia Avenue Metro escalators get replaced.
Honestly, given 45 weeks, I think scientists can invent a better form of transportation from the street level to the Metro. Maybe a teleporter or some kind of Alpine Slide. A fireman's pole would be fun.
Park View DC has more: Metro officials say the timelines are so long because the work can only happen when the stations are closed, which is about 4 hours a day. The current escalators are about 16 years old, though they say the normal lifespan of an escalator is 40 years.
It's stuff like this that makes me question why we even have escalators. New York City, which has hundreds of stations, only has stairs and elevators. Just build more stairs and elevators and let's be done with this tremendous waste of time, energy and money.
I think if you want to get endlessly rich, just start a DC-based escalator repair and streetcar firm. You will never not have work (or, put another way, you won't ever have to do any work.)
And even when these new escalators are put in, I would be shocked if they actually worked most of the time. I guess we'll find out in just under a year.
In the meantime, check out my joke Twitter account: Are the Columbia Heights Metro escalators working? It just tweets various forms of "no."
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