Blue Line resuming normal service for Thursday morning commute

Update, 5:25 a.m.: Power system repairs near the Blue Line rail yard were made yesterday evening allowing trains to run normally for this morning’s commute. However, due to railcar availability, some trains will arrive with two cars only. Be sure to use the entire platform when boarding.

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Update, 4:40 p.m.: Repairs have been completed at 10th St. and Long Beach Blvd. near Anaheim Street Station. Trains are running normal service with residual delays through evening rush hour.

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Update, 3:27 p.m.: Trains are no longer sharing the Los Angeles-bound track between Willow and Del Amo stations. Blue Line service is slated to run with some southbound trains turning back at Anaheim Street Station. Bus shuttles continue to replace service between Anaheim Street to 1st Street stations.

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Metro is currently working to repair two issues that have developed Wednesday afternoon in Long Beach with overhead wires on the Blue Line. One is in the maintenance yard and the other is at 10th St. and Long Beach Blvd. near the Anaheim Street Station.

The service plan for now — and likely continuing into peak hours — is:

•Blue Line tracks are sharing the Los Angeles-bound track between Willow and Del Amo stations and arrive about every 20 minutes.

•All southbound Blue Line trains are turning back at Anaheim Street Station.

•Blue Line service between Anaheim St. and 1st St. stations is currently suspended.

•Bus shuttles are running between Anaheim Street, 5th Street and 1st Street stations.

•Some trains will operate with two cars, so please allow extra time.

Customers looking to avoid delays should consider using the Metro Silver Line and Green Line if traveling between downtown and south Los Angeles, or consider the alternate routes here. We extend a huge thank you for your patience to everyone who has been inconvenienced. We are working to restore regular service as soon as possible.

Please check back here at The Source, or on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts for more Blue Line service updates.

Categories: Transportation News

3 replies

  1. Hi Source Staff,

    I’m not asking in a mean-spirited way, but why does the Blue Line continue to have so many unplanned maintenance issues/delays after the Better Blue Line project last year?

    Thank you.

    • Hi James;

      There was a presentation by operations staff given to the Board of Directors last year about this. Long story short: there hasn’t been one over-riding issue impacting the Blue Line. Rather, it’s been a variety of things — some of which were not part of the Better Blue Line project. Some of the issues, as you can tell from our Tweets, are mechanical and involve older rail cars which are going to be replaced in the next few years. Other issues involve delivery of power from local utilities. And, unfortunately, sometimes these issues happen in quick succession, which is enormously frustrating to everyone involved.

      I know that staff want to keep pursuing and implementing upgrades that should help. We’ll do our best to better inform everyone what’s going on. Thanks for your patience and for reading and riding,

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source