Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.
Here is the explanation from Metro for tonight’s disruption to Blue Line and Expo Line service in downtown Los Angeles:
At 4:54 pm, the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) on the Blue and Expo lines just south of downtown was damaged. Currently, the lines are hanging low and there is no rail service on the Blue Line from 7th/Metro to Grand and on the Expo Line from 7th/Metro to 23rd Street. It is believed that the pantograph from a passing train damaged the OCS.
Work is ongoing to repair the OCS and it may take until the morning hours of Monday to complete the job.
The best way to get up-to-the-minute updates is the service alerts tab on the right side of metro.net’s home page or Metro’s Twitter feed.
Due to a damaged track switch just west of Union Station, inbound trains on the Metro Red and Purple Line must proceed at restricted speeds and will be delayed coming into Union Station up to 5 minutes. This is expected to continue throughout the day.
For those who need to transfer to Metrolink this afternoon, it is strongly recommended that you catch an earlier train so as not to miss your Metrolink connection.
Repairs will begin at 9 p.m. this evening. Red Line trains will run every 20 minutes from 9 p.m. to close of service. Purple Line trains will run from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/Vermont only. Those continuing to Union Station will need to transfer to the Red Line at Wilshire/Vermont.
Heads up, Expo Line riders. Tonight after 9:30 p.m., the Expo Line will be running approximately every 20 minutes between the La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City Station due to rail grinding and urgent track maintenance. Trains will share one track in the area beginning at 9 p.m.
Every other Culver City-bound train will turn back towards Downtown L.A. at La Cienega/Jefferson or Expo/La Brea Station. To continue to Culver City, wait for the next train approximately 10 minutes behind. There will also be a bus shuttle between La Cienega/Jefferson to Culver City Station starting at 9 p.m. to supplement service.
Additional rail grinding work will take place near the Jefferson/Hauser intersection. Once complete, the work should result in a smoother ride for customers and quieter operations for Expo Line neighbors.
UPDATE: normal service has resumed.
As of Monday at 4:20 p.m, there is no service south of Anaheim Street due to a power outage.
The stations between downtown Long Beach and Anaheim Street will be served by bus shuttles. Please follow announcements.
Please follow Metro’s general Twitter feed or Metro’s service alert Twitter feed for immediate updates.
Service alerts are also posted to Metro’s home page and can be received through Metro’s app for smartphones.
This grinding machine was working on the Eastside extension before the opening.
Heads up Expo line patrons! This weekend from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Expo Line will be running approximately every 20 minutes due to rail grinding and urgent track-work.
Here are the detours for the stations between Expo/La Brea and Expo/Western:
- Saturday, August 10, board on the westbound (to Culver City side) of the platform
- Sunday, August 11, board on the eastbound (to DTLA Side) of the platform
This will be especially critical at the stations with side/split platforms such as Farmdale, Expo/Crenshaw, and Expo/Western. As a reminder, always check the destination head-sign of the train before boarding.
To plan the route that’s best for you, use the Metro Trip Planner.
The PickUp Line, the new entertainment shuttle of WeHo. Photo: City of West Hollywood.
Starting tonight, West Hollywood will run a free nighttime trolley service known as The PickUp Line. On Friday and Saturday nights, this entertainment shuttle will carry passengers safely down Santa Monica Blvd from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. This program will start August 9 and will run until December 28.
The PickUp will make 15-minute runs from Doheny Drive to Fairfax Avenue with a detour to the West Hollywood Public Library parking deck on San Vicente Boulevard.
The vehicles have 20 stops along circular route with 10 east bound stop locations and 10 west bound stop locations, all of which are existing Metro bus stops. Continue reading
FINAL UPDATE, 9 pm: @metrolosangeles: Pershing Sq Update: Both entrances reopened at this time. Red + Purple Lines will run on maintenance schedule thru close tonight.
As of 6 p.m. today, there are major disruptions to Red/Purple Line service in downtown Los Angeles due to a medical emergency that occurred about 3 p.m. at the Pershing Square station.
•Please follow announcements in the stations.
•Trains are running
but are currently bypassing Pershing Square.
UPDATE, 4:25 pm: the station has reopened but trains are sharing a single track. The 4th Street entrance is open, the 5th Street entrance closed.
•Purple Line trains are only running between Wilshire/Western and Westlake/MacArthur Park stations due to limited capacity on the tracks at this time.
•For those trying to reach Union Statio, please consider using the city of Los Angeles' DASH bus service in downtown or these alternative Metro buses that run in downtown and stop at Union Station: the Silver Line on Olive Street, 728 on Hill Street, 745 on Broadway and the 733 on Main Street.
•Here's Google Transit to help plan transit trips.