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2012-03-09
Washington’s Union Station goes for KONE

New KONE escalators will be installed at Washington D.C.’s Union Station later this year. Photo courtesy of AgnosticPreachersKid via Wikipedia.
 
KONE has been chosen to supply 18 new escalators for Washington, D.C.’s historic Union Station. Eight escalators will be installed in the station itself and 10 in the adjoining garage and bus terminal. The contract includes a three-year maintenance agreement.

The escalators will be equipped with KONE’s sleep-mode feature, designed to help buildings that operate 24 hours a day, like Union Station, conserve energy. The feature adjusts escalator speed depending on usage, setting higher speeds during peak times and lower speeds during off-peak times – helping cut energy costs and reduce a building’s overall carbon footprint.

Installation work is expected to begin in the second half of 2012 and continue until the end of next year, with the building remaining open throughout the project.

Union Station is one of the busiest and most recognized destinations in the US capital and serves over 90,000 travellers a day, via Amtrak, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) and Virginia Railway Express commuter rail services, as well as Washington Metro subway trains and local and regional bus lines.

KONE solutions are also proving a hit with rail customers in China

Earlier this year, KONE was selected to deliver 71 KONE TransitMaster™ escalators and 40 KONE MonoSpace® elevators for eight stations along Beijing’s first maglev train line, a 20-kilometer route being built in the western part of the city. The line is due to open next year.

Last year, KONE won an order to supply 46 Chinese railway stations on nine lines of China’s national high-speed network with 178 KONE MonoSpace® elevators and 226 KONE TransitMaster™ escalators.

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, and had annual net sales of EUR 5.2 billion last year and an average of 35,000 employees. For more, see our latest article or visit the company’s Web site.

KONE escalators– like this ECO3000 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida – are in use worldwide. Photo: Copyright © KONE Corporation.