WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wednesday evening, all three escalators went out of service at the 19th Street entrance of the Dupont Circle Metro station. The comb plate on the escalator on the far right broke and crews are trying to fix it.
Metro riders had to walk up and down the escalators.
One rider, Mike Darnier, was out of breath when we caught up with him on Wednesday evening. He described the whole ordeal as "tough" and said that the escalators break down far too often. Darnier, who has ridden Metro for 6 years, said that he thought that the escalator problems were getting worse and that they may be due, in part, to funding issues.
Around 10:30 p.m., authorities told us that two of the escalators were back in service around 9 p.m. but the third one was still not working. The third escalator at that entrance was already undergoing planned maintenance, say Metro authorities.