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The first five new stations on Metro's Silver Line are taking shape, with rail service to Reston set to start in about a year.
Metro hopes to ease traffic and commuter headaches for the upcoming Jan. 21 presidential inauguration and has updated its ceremony day plans to address long waits and gridlock that plagued its train stations four years ago.
One or more of the escalators at Dupont Circle's south Metrorail entrance have shut down 20 times in the 40 days since they were installed, according to Metro.
Aggressive maintenance and improvement work is continuing in the Metrorail system, but construction won't disappear anytime soon.
Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the transit agency will use lessons learned four years ago to prevent long lines at the stations and parking lots.
If you ride Metro, plan to add time to your commute. Track work will affect the Red, Orange, Green and Blue lines.
Metro plans to offer commemorative fare cards with the president's picture, just as it did four years ago, but this time the cards will be cheaper and offer more choices.