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THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATORS PART OF PORTLAND STADIUM UPGRADE
Four thyssenkrupp evolution 200 machine-room-less (MRL), energy-efficient elevators are serving the Providence Park Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in Portland, Oregon. The elevators are part of a US$85-million overhaul completed in May that added 4,000 seats to bring capacity to 25,000 and make Providence Park one of the largest stadiums in MLS. Designed for buildings up to 350 ft tall, evolution 200 was introduced in 2018 and, according to thyssenkrupp, has become one of its most popular elevators due to its "speed, capacity and travel combinations." The Providence Park units have 3500-lb capacity and travel at up to 350 ft/min. During a weekend that featured home games for MLS' Portland Timbers and National Women's Soccer League's Thorns, they completed more than 600 cycles without service interruption.
FOUR DETAINED IN ROME METRO ESCALATOR BREAKDOWNS
Four people are being detained by Italian police and another 11 are under investigation in relation to escalator breakdowns in 2018 at two Rome Metro stations in which people were injured, ANSA reports. Two of the detainees are Metro Roma employees and two are employees of Rome’s municipal transport company, ATAC. They have been charged with “fraud in public supplies and aggravated personal injuries” in the incident at the Repubblica and Barberini stations. The source says an investigation “unearthed the causes of the accident” at Repubblica, in which at least one soccer fan was severely injured. Repubblica reopened in June, and Barberini is still closed, among 15 Rome Metro escalators that are out of order.
ESCALATORS, LIFTS PLANNED AT 22 LOCATIONS IN INDIAN CITY
Municipal Corp. (MC) Shimla in Shimla, the capital of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, is planning lifts and escalators at 22 locations to ease vertical mobility, particularly at crowded stretches such as between Mall Road and Lower Bazar, The Times of India reports. MC Shimla identified locations used by 5,000-6,000 pedestrians each day where the equipment should be installed, and appointed a team of three engineers to assess feasibility. The city received expressions of interest from two companies in the contract, which includes two years for installation and commissioning and eight years of maintenance. Construction is expected to commence by January 2020.
ELEVATOR, ESCALATOR PROBLEMS PLAGUE MIAMI PUBLIC TRANSIT
Out-of-service and malfunctioning elevators and escalators are plaguing riders of the Metrorail and Metromover public-transit systems in Miami, with the systems' 204 units out of service for a total of 37,233 h, the equivalent of 1,551 days, in 2018 alone, the Miami Herald reports. The figures came from a report by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who has formed an Elevator Working Group in an effort to improve maintenance, repair and modernization. That effort includes more thorough auditing of elevator contractors to ensure they are adhering to contracts. An examination of the county's 1,268 elevators, escalators and moving walks ordered by county commissioners found that units at stations along the 22-mi Metrorail system and 4.4-mi Metromover system were out of service "much more often" than those of any other. County leaders are focused on fixing the issues and are consulting with transit authorities in cities such as NYC and Philadelphia that use in-house maintenance staff.
AUDIT RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT RICHMOND ELEVATOR INSPECTIONS
A recent audit of the elevator-inspection process in Richmond, Virginia, raised questions, including some about elevators lacking inspections and there being no formal process to ensure inspections are performed by a third-party vendor, 8News reports. A sampling of 34 units found more than half lack inspection records. The audit also revealed the city of Richmond does not know how many elevators are in the city. City leaders attributed the findings to a recordkeeping error, and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic and Community Development Sharon Ebert added that “life safety is our number-one concern.” She said elevator inspection records were on an Excel spreadsheet and not entered into the correct database and that a team of experts is working on fixing the issue.