We’re talking, of course, about the canopies at the Red Line Pershing Square Station, which were just completed this week. Pershing Square is the last in the initial series of umbrellas that went up at three Red Line stations to protect the escalators (and riders) from the elements and hopefully extend the good health of the escalators that suffer from the elements. Healthy escalators are those with less down time and this is a happy thing for those of us who, during escalator repairs, must revert to the stairs. (Yes, we know the walk is healthy but in heels?) Another benefit of the canopies is that they are safer during a storm. A wet escalator can be a slippery surface.
So here are a couple of photos of the new canopies that are of the same design at all three stations: MacArthur Park, Civic Center and now Pershing Square. More Red Line stations will be covered but not for a bit. And, frankly, it’s a good idea to make sure the current design is doing the best possible job of keeping rain out but allowing California sunshine in. Now all we need is a little rain.