KONE awarded order for modernization of escalators at Metro stations in Washington, DC region

Press Release Published 02/17/2021

KONE Corporation, press release, February 17, 2021


KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to provide energy-efficient KONE escalators for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The system, known as Metro, is operated by an interstate compact formed by the District of Columbia, the state of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The seven-year contract includes modernization of 130 escalators in 32 Metrorail stations. Construction is expected to begin in May 2021. Substantial completion is projected for April 2027. The affected stations will remain open throughout the duration of the project. When the project is complete, more than half of the 618 escalators in the Metro system will be KONE equipment.

  "As the second-busiest rapid transit system in the U.S., Metro is a vitally important component of the Washington region's transportation infrastructure," says Ken Schmid, Executive Vice President, KONE Americas. "KONE is proud to play a part in this project, which will help improve the flow of urban life throughout the metropolitan area."

KONE solutions to be installed include 117 KONE TransitMaster™ 180 and 13 KONE TransitMaster™ 190 escalators, including units rising to a height of 30 meters. KONE will also install 27 unique controller cabinet enclosures designed to complement traditional station architectural features.

KONE booked the order in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 For further information, please contact: 
Hanna Rutanen, Director, External Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 41 507 1361, media@kone.com 

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Previous press releases are available at https://www.kone.com/en/news-and-insights/releases/ including: 
September 17, 2020: KONE wins order for Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts
March 4, 2020: KONE wins order for Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina

February 13, 2019: KONE to equip Vancouver office tower with energy-efficient elevators
January 18, 2019: KONE wins modernization order for Mexico City's iconic Arcos Bosques Torre I

About KONE
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2020, KONE had annual sales of EUR 9.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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