Work on tying the Expo Line tracks into the Blue Line tracks continues in downtown this weekend, meaning there will be no Blue Line service between the Washington station and 7th/Metro Center. A bus bridge will carry passengers between Washington and 7th/Metro Center.
Construction work begins at 9 p.m. Friday night and regular Blue Line service is scheduled to resume by rush hour Monday morning. Press release with more details is after the jump.
Metro to Implement Bus Bridge Service
Metro Blue Line weekend service to be impacted
as construction work on Expo Line continues
Metro Blue Line passengers will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes this coming weekend beginning Friday night, May 14, due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Special Metro Bus service will parallel the train route during the construction work.
Work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and continue until Monday morning, May 17. Metro expects to have the Metro Blue Line service restored by Monday before rush hours between Washington and 7th St/Metro Center Stations.
Should any unforeseen delay occur, the bus bridge will continue in operation with buses running between Washington and 7th/Metro Center stations.
The Metro Blue stations affected will be San Pedro, Grand Avenue, Pico/Chick Hearn and 7th/Metro Center. Rail service from Washington Station to Long Beach Transit Mall will not be affected. There also will be Metro personnel at Washington and 7th/Metro Center stations to help direct patrons.
The bus bridge service will operate every 15 to 20 minutes on Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday buses will run every 5 to 10 minutes and after 8 p.m. every 15 to 20 minutes.
The temporary bus stops will be located near the stations. Those passengers coming from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles will have to transfer from the train to the bus at the Washington Station, on Long Beach Avenue just south of Washington Boulevard. The buses will have stops at San Pedro Station on Washington Boulevard just east of San Pedro Street, at Grand Avenue Station on Washington Boulevard east of Olive Avenue, at Pico/ Chick Hearn Station on Pico Boulevard, east of Flower Street and at 7th/Metro Center at the Figueroa Street entrance to the Metro Rail station.
Metro Blue Line customers traveling to Long Beach can board buses at the Hope Street entrance to the 7th/Metro Center. Buses will make stops will be at Pico/Chick Hearn station on Pico Boulevard, east of Flower Street, at Grand Avenue Station on Washington Boulevard east of Grand Avenue, at San Pedro Station on Washington Boulevard just east of San Pedro Street, and at Washington Station will be on Washington Boulevard just east of Long Beach Boulevard.
Metro patrons are advised to allow extra time for their trips and check television monitors in train stations or call Metro’s hot line number 213- 922-4999 for the latest information on the construction work and service impacts or go online to http://www.metro.net. All work is subject to weather delays.
Metro apologizes for this inconvenience and appreciates the public understanding and cooperation during this construction period. For schedule information, contact Metro Customer Relations at (213) 922-6235.
The Expo Line is a new 8.5 mile light rail line under construction from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. It will share tracks and two stations with the Metro Blue Line along the Flower Street portion of the alignment. For Expo Line Construction information contact (213) 922-5609.