The pilot program that has been in effect on the Metro Blue and Expo Lines during select weekends this past fall is about to become a permanent feature of weekend service on both lines.
Beginning this Saturday, Jan. 9, and continuing each Saturday and Sunday for the foreseeable future, the Blue and Expo Lines will run all two-car-length trains. If you are riding either line this weekend, or weekends to come, be sure to board at the front or center of the platform, so you’re not chasing your train as it pulls into the station ahead of you!
The program was envisioned as a way to reduce wear and tear on Blue/Expo rail cars, which are some of the oldest in the fleet. Running shorter trains during the weekend, when there are fewer riders, gives Metro’s Rail Fleet Services department more time to work on more vehicles so that they’re ready to operate at full capacity during the week. Ultimately, this means fewer delays due to disabled trains during peak-service hours.
Of course, weekends with big events requiring longer trains to transport extra Blue/Expo Line riders will be taken into consideration. We’ll keep you updated here at The Source and on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts about any events that will see enhanced service on the Blue and Expo Lines (or other Metro Rail Lines). In the meantime, our maintenance crews will work on keeping our current rail cars running smoothly.