Work crews on Friday night are set to begin making repairs to the rail junction at Washington and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The work will require all trains to be replaced with shuttle buses for Expo Line and Blue Line riders traveling between 7th/Metro Center, Pico, 23rd Street and Grand Stations over the entire weekend (the service alert is posted after the jump). Normal train service on both lines in this area is scheduled to resume at the opening of service on Monday morning, Feb. 18.
Exposition Construction Authority crews will be adjusting the track gauge to improve the movement of Blue Line trains turning from Flower to Washington. When completed, the work is expected to correct excessive wear on some train parts and improve the overall maintainability of the track components at this location.
Up to this point, the condition has required frequent monitoring and inspections until a permanent solution could be designed and implemented. At no time has safety been compromised. Likewise, after the work this weekend, monitoring will continue and trains will continue to travel through the junction at reduced speeds until Metro, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Expo Line Construction Authority are certain the track adjustments have corrected the problem.
SERVICE ALERT–METRO BLUE LINE AND EXPO LINE
Due to railway track work in Downtown Los Angeles, Metro Blue Line and Expo Line train service will be impacted the weekend of February 15-17, 2013.
Track repair work will begin Friday night, Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m. and last until close of business Sunday, Feb. 17. Metro Blue and Expo Lines will cease to operate at the following locations only:
Metro Blue Line: No train service between 7th/Metro Center and Grand Station.
Metro Expo Line: No train service between 7th/Metro Center and 23rd Street Station.
Patrons will be provided with replacement shuttle bus service during this time. Shuttle buses will travel to and from all impacted stations: 7th/Metro Center, Pico, Grand and 23rd Street Stations.
Metro will provide signage directing transit riders to nearby on-street shuttle bus locations. Metro personnel will also be available at stations to assist patrons. Service alert information is now on display on station electronic message boards.
Metro apologizes for any inconvenience this service impact has to its transit customers.