Final Update: Expo Line resuming normal service

Final Update, 5:35 p.m.: All train service is being restored. Customers can expect residual delays through 6:30 p.m. as we work to get trains back on normal schedule.

There are currently major delays on the Metro Expo Line due to a train-auto incident near Expo/Western Station. Trains are currently sharing Santa Monica-bound track between Expo/Crenshaw and Expo/Vermont Stations.

Bus shuttles have been requested to supplement rail service during this disruption. To avoid delays, customers are encouraged to use alternate routes. For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

Categories: Service Alerts

10 replies

  1. I hope The Source will consider using the term “Crash” and not “Accident” to describe collisions like these.

  2. If you play chicken with a train, your goose is probably cooked.

    Sidebar: My fall vacation included a long weekend in New Orleans, and I was a little shocked to see how many of the locals were jogging right on the tracks of the St. Charles line (which runs, except for the part East of Lee Circle, in a grassy “neutral ground” on St. Charles and Carrollton Streets).

  3. While I understand that these things are out with Metro’s control; Metro really needs to do a better job of informing riders of the issues. The announcements were hard to understand, one gentleman’s accent was so think, even Hispanics on the platform were asking what was being said. Then a female announcer came on, we couldn’t understand her either, sounded like she was talking right up to the microphone, so it was muffled. I got on the westbound train only for it to stop at Vermont, sit for a while (announcement was made by the driver that we would be holding there); after about 20 minutes, the train then started moving east back towards downtown. There wasn’t an announcement made informing us to disembark (or it was so muffled the majority of riders couldn’t understand it). I got off the train at USC then walked back towards Vermont. While a bus was waiting, there were lots of passengers standing at the station. No attempt was made by Metro personnel to inform the waiting passengers to take the bus. There were four passengers from two trains going west on the bus at Vermont, more embarked at Western, but they were from east bound trains. Decent communication is sorely lacking. Maybe time for Metro employees to be at the station actually listening to these announcements to make sure passengers can understand them. Even those stations have have Metro personnel didn’t know what was going on, except there was an accident further down the line.

    • I gave up and took an Uber after beeing booted off two trains at the Culver station. I could not understand any of the PA announcements, it was only a metro employee moving down the platform sharing info as he went. Epic fail on Metro’s part, no amount of Prop M $$ will fix that…

  4. Why does Metro insist on at-grade rail lines? Expense (if that’s their reason) is a complete red herring you consider the number of people impacted by such an accident: time delays for train riders, added expenses for commuters seeking alternate rides, all of the drivers impacted by the surface street closures. Multiply that by the frequency of these interruptions, and the bad PR from the poor handling of communication with transit riders. I would argue it does NOT equate the added expense of designing and constructing rail lines with separate grades from surface streets.

  5. Does anyone know what happens to drivers that place their vehicles in front of moving trains?

    My thoughts are, in addition to a regular traffic citation fine, your vehicle should be impounded and given to Metro to melt down into trinkets to give away to new riders with some slogan along the lines of “Going Metro means one less car on the road!” (or something more catchy…open to all suggestions) and they should pay an additional fee that is used to create some of those safety cards found in the seat back pockets on airlines, only this one will show graphics of people not parking their vehicles on train tracks. DMV could mail you a complimentary safety card with your annual registration. These cards seem quite popular and effective for the airlines. We should try it.

    • @Josh Kurpies, fat chance i remember appearing in traffic court and there was a POSSIBLE (he required a translator) illegal alien in which he was cited for no driver’s license, and of course no car insurance, and no registration and the judge told him to PLEASE clear this up at your earliest convenience. meanwhile i was slammed with a $700 fine for not showing up at the courts to take care of a burnt out single taillight.