Updated at 10:23 a.m.
Metro said it is reopening its Bethesda station on the Red Line. The stop had been closed because of an escalator outage.
Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman, said in an email that the “repair is complete” on one of escalators that stopped working in Wednesday morning’s commute.
There are two other escalators at the stop, but one is undergoing major replacement work and the other is so old the direction of it can’t be reversed.
Updated at 9:49 a.m.
Trains on Metro’s Red Line continue to not stop at the Bethesda station, Metro said. There is an escalator problem at the station.
There are two other escalators at the Bethesda stop but one is so old that it only goes down and can’t be turned around and the other is undergoing a major gutting job. Metro was using shuttle buses to get riders from the Medical Center and Bethesda stations.
Updated at 9:27 a.m.
Metro said normal service has returned to the Grosvenor stop on the Red Line. But the line remains messy after an escalator outage at the Bethesda stop. One of the escalators at the Bethesda stop went out of service Wednesday morning. This comes as one of the old escalators there is already undergoing a major replacement.
Updated at 9:09 a.m.
Metro said trains on the Red Line will not stop at the Bethesda stop because the ascending escalator at the Bethesda stop — one of the deepest stations in the transit system — has stopped working. It is not clear what caused it to break. Crews are on the scene, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.
It is not clear how long the escalator will be out of service.
The breakdown comes at a tough time. There are three escalators at the Bethesda station but one of them is out of service for an extended period of time because it is being ripped out and replaced with a new one. That leaves two escalators — one for going up, another for going down. But the escalator that goes down is “unable to be reversed because it is so old,” Stessel said.
Metro has a protocol, Stessel said, that requires it to bypass the Bethesda stop if the ascending escalator is not working at the station for safety reasons.
Updated at 9:03 a.m.
Metro said trains are temporarily not stopping at the Bethesda station on the Red Line. The escalator at the stop is not working.
The transit agency said it is putting shuttle bus service in place to get riders to and from the Medical Center stop.
Updated at 8:27 a.m.
Metro warned its riders that they should expect delays to continue on the Red Line. There is a signal problem at the Grosvenor stop. Metro said its maintenance crews are on the scene as of 8:18 a.m.
It was not immediately clear how long the delays would last.
Updated at 8:00 a.m.
Riders on Metro’s busy Red Line should expect delays Wednesday morning because of a signal problem outside the Grosvenor stop.
The delays are in both directions of the line.
Metro also noted that earlier delays on the Blue Line have ended.
Original post at 7:30 a.m.
Riders on Metro’s Blue Line should expect delays Wednesday morning.
The delays are in the direction of the Franconia station after a train malfunction at the Foggy Bottom stop.