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Last Chance to Ride

We knew it was too good to last. Downtown's most popular free ride, the State Street escalator by the Riviera, an outdoor amenity for more than half a decade, is apparently closing forever.

We've frankly been surprised it has remained in such good working order, given that it's outside and exposed to the elements and whoever roams downtown in the wee hours. It was fun while it lasted.

Here's the announcement:

            As part of the ongoing expansion of the State Street Parking Garage, the escalator from State Street to Gay Street next to the Regal Riviera movie theater will be closed permanently next week.
            The escalator will be shut down at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2013. The elevator next to it will remain open, and a temporary staircase will be opened alongside it.
            The escalator is being replaced with an elevated walkway from the garage, which will cross State Street and connect with the public access way alongside the movie theater.  
            The State Street Garage expansion is a $6.1 million project that will add 250 new spaces to the garage's existing 842 spaces. Construction is scheduled to be finished in early spring.
For more information and regular updates, please see the project blog at

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