BART to repair broken escalators thanks to nearly $100 million contract

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — BART plans to replace dozens of broken down escalators in San Francisco — this happening after a nearly $100 million contract was approved by board of directors today.

At 5:45 p.m. Thursday, people weren’t lining up for a train — but the stairs.

“These are escalators that are constantly breaking down and it’s infuriating to our riders, constantly being met with an escalator that’s not working,” said BART spokesperson Alicia Trost.

Trost says BART plans to repair 41 escalators in Downtown San Francisco, thanks to a $96.5 million dollar contract approved by BART board of directors.

“What’s great news about this is not only will we get new modern escalators but they’re all by the same manufacturer,” she said.

Trost says current escalators at the Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center stations are made by different companies that are no longer in business.

“That’s why it’s so hard to fix them. Those parts aren’t available anymore,” Trost said.

Many of the units being replaced are the oldest in the entire BART system.

The goal is to enhance rider safety and escalator reliability.

Trost told KRON4 the nearly $100 million price is actually under budget.

“Engineers estimated $151 million. The second bidder came in under $120 million, I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter say this is so much money, it’s outrageously expensive, but really it came far under that engineer’s estimate so that is good for taxpayers,” Trost said.

The escalator contract is funded by voter-approved Measure RR. Plans for new installation is expected to happen next spring.

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