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Bethesda Metro escalator breakdown prompts Tuesday meeting

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Capital Land,Maryland,Transportation,Rachel Baye

The Montgomery County Council's Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee will hold an unusual evening meeting Tuesday to discuss the simultaneous failure of all three entrance escalators at the Bethesda Metro station on Oct. 14.

The committee plans to discuss replacement plans for the escalators and the planned construction of a new station entrance on Elm Street. Maryland Transit Administration and Metro representatives are scheduled to testify.

“The Bethesda Metro station has one of the longest escalators in the western hemisphere,” said County Councilman Hans Riemer, D-at large and a committee member. “It is unacceptable that the escalators break down and residents must climb their way out of that deep tunnel."

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, at 4805 Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda.

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