Overcrowded Metro stations creaty safety concerns, plans for upgrades

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Metro officials met Thursday to discuss way to improve safety at some of the system's most crowded stations.

At their peak, transfer stations like Gallery Place-Chinatown can move 60,000 riders per day, a volume of customers that leads to congestion that can sometimes reach dangerous levels. Gallery Place-Chinatown, with its t-shaped layout, is particularly susceptible to unsafe crowds.

Solutions to overcrowded Metro platforms could include expanded mezzanines, more escalators, longer trains and more entrance gates. The most crowded stations could hit their breaking points in 10 years.

A Metro spokesman said officials hope to have plans finalized this year and complete work by 2025. Repairs and upgrades are expected to cost $100 million.

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