This Weekend: Bus shuttles and Expo Line replace Blue Line between DTLA-Vernon Station

Metro Blue Line Grand/LATTC, San Pedro St and Washington station will close again this weekend as crews work to complete electrical track maintenance between Vernon and Washington station.

This Friday after 9 p.m. through Sunday close of service, bus shuttles will replace Blue Line trains between 23rd St/LATTC/Ortho Institute and Vernon Station. There will be no Blue Line service between 7th Street/Metro Center and Vernon. Blue Line customers must take the Expo Line between 7th/Metro Center and 23rd St/LATTC/Ortho Institute, where they can connect to shuttles serving Grand/LATTC, San Pedro, Washington and Vernon. blue line graphic

For those requiring direct service between 23rd St/LATTC/Ortho Institute and Vernon, Express Shuttles are available, in addition to regular “local” shuttles serving 23rd St, Grand/LATTC, San Pedro, Washington and Vernon.

All trains from Downtown Long Beach will travel as far north as Vernon Station. Some customers may also want to consider a combination of Green Line and Silver Line for a faster route between downtown L.A. and south L.A.

While work occurs, Blue Line service levels will be as follows: (Please note the below schedule may be subject to work-related delays):

  • Friday, Feb 26 after 9pm: Trains between Vernon and Long Beach are scheduled to run every 12 minutes, then every 20 minutes from 11 p.m. to close of service. The last complete northbound trips depart Downtown Long Beach at approximately 7:04 p.m., 7:16, 7:28, 7:44. The last complete southbound trips depart 7th St/Metro Center at approximately 7:58, 8:10, 8:22 and 8:34.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Feb 27 and Feb 28: Trains will operate every 12 minutes. From 9 p.m. Friday until Sunday close of service, bus shuttles will match Blue Line service as best as possible.

Finally, we realize this weekend’s service changes may be an inconvenience and we would like thank to all affected customers for their patience and understanding. As many already know, the planned improvements are related to the Blue Line Upgrades project, a 1.2 billion overhaul that will ultimately enhance Metro Blue Line service for years to come. Please check back here on the Source for more transit news or follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts for real-time service updates.


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  1. That would really upset me if I wanted to transfer from the Blue Line to the Red Line, which many people do. This plan would force me to transfer from the Blue Line to a bus shuttle to the Expo Line before I could get to the subway, which will probably add at least 20-30 minutes to the trip when you account for wait times. Why didn’t you design the shuttle to connect directly to 7th/Metro, which is only a half mile farther than serving 23rd Street? As long as you’re running two shuttles, one of them should go directly to 7th/Metro.

  2. EXPORIDER, your not dealing with people who understand transit, that went out the door with the RTD. These people only know how to spend money on needless projects that take for ever to complete. The little secret they don’t want you to know is the Blue Line was built using a non standard gauge of track which has prevented all the other Light Rail vehicles from being able to operate on them. The MTA is now trying to re-align the tracks to standard gauge which includes upgrades to the electrical system.