Canopy Over Q Street Station

June 11, 2014

Metro plans on covering Dupont Circle’s large, circular Q Street station entrance with a tweaked version of its iconic canopy. The elliptical shelter will be the first unique design since Metro began regularly adding canopies to protect escalators. While most outdoor Metro escalators go underground in tight rectangular shafts, at Q Street the escalators pass through a huge drum-shaped pit. Because the pit is such an unusual shape, Metro needs a different canopy design. The unique design passed reviews by the National Capital Planning Commission and Commission of Fine Arts this spring, with only minor alterations. If all continues to go as planned, WMATA expects to complete construction in 2018. (GGW)

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