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The station opened in 1977, and as of 2010, was the sixth-busiest station, with nearly 23,000 riders each weekday.

D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat and former member of the Metro Board, recalled his struggles to get ahead of escalator problems in the system, and the benefit of this project’s completion.

He said “Metro needs to grow” and urged the construction of more intercity lines.

Mr. Evans also good-naturedly suggested system officials allow more movies to be filmed in the stations to get extra revenue, the way Baltimore let the Kevin Costner film “No Way Out” and another thriller to be filmed in Charm City under the guise of a D.C. train stop.

“They rode a real motorcycle down the Metro,” he said with a laugh. “I think we ought to let them do that stuff here.”