UPDATE, 4:50 P.M. The train has been re-railed and tracks have cleared. Regular service resumes although there will be residual delays.
A southbound Expo Line train and a car collided at 18th and Flower at approximately 2:33 p.m. The train derailed as a result of the accident but is still sitting upright on the tracks; see the photo below. Passengers were taken from the train.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is reporting that six patients were evaluated and two — a 21-year-old male on the train and a 55-year-old from the auto — were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Both Blue Line and Expo Line trains will share one track to get around the accident. It appears that major delays may spill into peak hours. The incident will be investigated. Early reports indicate that the auto may have tried to make a left turn in front of the oncoming train.
Photo by Jon Ross Alexander/Metro.
On Thursday night after 8:30 p.m., the Metro Blue Line will again run every 40 minutes between 7th Street/Metro Center and Willowbrook Station due to essential track maintenance that is part of the ongoing Blue Line improvement project.
Trains will serve the remainder of the Blue Line, between Willowbrook and Long Beach, every 20 minutes after 8:30 p.m. This means every other northbound train will turn around at Willowbrook Station, and its destination sign will either display “Willowbrook” or “Imperial.” Customers should expect all trains continuing to 7th Street/Metro Center to arrive on the Downtown L.A.-bound track between Vernon and Willowbrook Station.
The Expo Line will not be impacted by the track work and will follow a regular Friday evening schedule, departing every 10 minutes.
For Blue Line departure times from 7th Street/Metro Center and Downtown Long Beach Station, please refer to Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note these times may be subject to work-related delays.
For those commuting between Downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach on Thursday evening, an alternative option is the Metro Silver or Green Line. Extra buses will run on the Silver Line after 9 p.m. on Thursday night, increasing the level of service to every 20 minutes. At Harbor Freeway Station, Green Line trains will follow the regular evening schedule, departing every 20 minutes.
L.A. Pride starts this Friday with a stellar lineup of performances, programs, and festivities lasting through Sunday, June 8. Whether you’re headed to West Hollywood for the celebrations or just passing through, you’ll want to be aware of street closures and bus detours in the neighborhood this weekend.
Metro Bus 10, 30/330 and Rapid 705 will detour at San Vicente between Melrose and Santa Monica from approximately 8 p.m. this Thursday until early Monday morning. For further information, see our service advisories page. Metro Bus 2, 4, 10, 30, 105, 217, 218 and Rapid 704 will detour at multiple locations on Sunday for the Christopher Street West Parade. Again, our service advisories page has all the details.
For a list of street and facility closures–including West Hollywood Park and Library–click here.
To avoid traffic and parking congestion during the celebration, use the free Pride Ride shuttle. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes and follow a continuous loop along Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson Boulevard and Fuller Avenue. Shuttles will be brightly marked and feature festive music. There will be a few breaks in service however, so be sure to check the Pride Ride map (see above) for hours of operation.
While at L.A. Pride, look for the Metro booth for free transpo goodies, and have a safe and fun pride celebration!
#TBT photo of the Gold Line by Zudi Susanto via Flickr/Creative Commons
The Metro Gold Line will run every 20 minutes tonight after 9 p.m. due to necessary track repairs that cannot be delayed. At Allen Station, trains traveling in both directions will board on the Union Station/East LA-bound track.
While we hate reducing service (especially with the Dodgers playing), tonight’s work near Allen Station must be completed as soon as possible. Thank you all for your patience as we work to keep the Gold Line safe, reliable and efficient.
For up-to-the-minute status updates, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts. Please note tonight’s track work means Nextrip services may not accurately predict train times after 9 p.m. this evening.
A Metro Blue Line train at Pico Station. Photo by Andrew Hart via Flickr Creative Commons.
Due to track improvement work, Blue Line trains will run every 20 minutes between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach after 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23.
The work will require trains to share one track between Vernon and Florence Station. This means all serving the Vernon, Slauson and Florence stations will board on the Long Beach-bound side of the platform.
Plan your trip this Friday evening with Blue Line departure times from 7th Street/Metro Center and Downtown Long Beach Station on Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note these times may be subject to work-related delays. For up-to-the-minute rail alerts, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts. Regular service will resume with the start of service on Saturday morning.
In January 2013, Metro announced a $1.2 billion overhaul for the Metro Blue Line, and this Friday’s track improvement work is part of that effort. Crews will be refurbishing an existing crossover so that trains can safely switch from one track to another. To get a sense of the many aspects of the Blue Line overhaul, click here or check the Blue Line Upgrades page.
Thank you for your patience as Metro works to improve the line.
Here is the construction notice:
The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is planning to conduct overnight closure of the northbound I-405 freeway between Moraga Drive and Greenleaf Street in the overnight hours tonight, May 7, through Saturday morning, May 10, and Sunday night, May 11, through Monday morning, May 12.
However, the closure will be lengthened on Saturday through Sunday morning to include the area between Wilshire Boulevard to Greenleaf Street. The closure will facilitate permanent striping of general purpose lanes and electrical, drainage, concrete barrier and k-rail removal work.
- Night of Friday, May 9, 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., Saturday, May 10
- Night of Saturday, May 10, 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, May 11
- Night of Sunday, May 11, midnight to 5 a.m., Monday, May 12
Ramps begin closing as early as 7 p.m. on the nights of each operation and lanes begin closing at 10 p.m. on the night of each operation.
- Northbound on-ramp from eastbound Wilshire Boulevard
- Northbound on-ramp from Santa Monica Bl (only during the full directional closure on Saturday, May 10 to Sunday, May 11 )
- Northbound on-ramp from westbound Wilshire Boulevard
- Northbound Sunset Boulevard to on-ramp
- Northbound Moraga Drive on-ramp
- Northbound Getty Center Drive on-ramp
- Northbound Skirball Center Drive on-ramp
- Northbound I-405 to the north US 101 connector
Detour for the NB I-405 Moraga Drive to Greenleaf Street closure: Take the northbound Moraga Drive off-ramp, head north on Sepulveda Bl to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf St.
Detour for NB I-405 Wilshire Boulevard to Greenleaf Street closure:
Take the northbound off-ramp to eastbound Wilshire Boulevard, head north on Sepulveda Boulevard to the northbound I-405 on-ramp at Greenleaf Street.
4:35 p.m.: Both tracks between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations have been restored for revenue service. From now until close of service this evening, trains will run every 10 minutes along the entire line–from Atlantic to Sierra Madre Villa–with ALL trains servicing Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations.
At this time, it also looks as if Metro Gold Line will be able to run regularly scheduled service beginning Wednesday morning. Metro would like to thank all Gold Line customers for their patience and understanding throughout this ordeal.
A big rig truck crashed onto the Gold Line tracks at approximately 1 p.m. last Thursday, causing extensive damage to the overhead power supply system and the tracks east of Allen Station. Repairs have been underway since, and were just completed this evening.
For live, up to the minute updates please follow us on Twitter at @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts.
Limited train service will be in effect between Sierra Madre Villa and Lake stations as repairs continue on the Gold Line track damaged by last week’s freeway accident.
Gold Line trains serving Allen and Sierra Madre Villa will run every 20 minutes. Service on the rest of the line–between Atlantic and Lake Station–will be every 10 minutes. Metro will run 3-car, full platform trains throughout the day to accommodate this schedule. This schedule will remain in effect until repairs are completed.
Minor update: From 8 p.m. to close of service, the Gold Line will revert to 1-car trains.
Customers should allow for extra time if taking the Gold Line, especially if traveling to or from Allen or Sierra Madre Villa stations. Those who normally park-and-ride from Sierra Madre Villa Station should consider parking at Del Mar or Fillmore stations instead to avoid delays. Parking at Fillmore is limited. Parking at Del Mar costs $2 with proof of Metro fare (a TAP card). Tip: you may have an easier time finding a space if you enter the garage from the Arroyo Parkway side.
Please note, some trains will turn back to Union Station/East LA at Lake Station. This is necessary to reduce train bunching and keep the line running smoothly. Trains traveling between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa will be required to reduce speeds, as crews will still be working nearby on repairs to the opposite track.
Metro would like to thank everyone for their patience as we work to restore normal service. We will try to provide updates on the progress of repairs; follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts for real-time updates.
Overhead power supply and support wires touch the ground after yesterday’s big-rig crash. The non-Metro tractor trailer involved in the accident was removed yesterday, but damage to the Gold Line is extensive. (Note the missing cantilevers on the right side of the second and third poles.)
Fallen wire and damaged track near the resting place of the tractor-trailer.
Suspension of service between Sierra Madre Villa and Lake stations on the Gold Line continues Friday, as Metro crews work to repair extensive damage to the overhead power supply system and tracks caused by Thursday afternoon’s big rig truck accident on the 210 freeway.
Shuttle buses will replace trains between Lake, Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations all day Friday, including both the Friday morning and afternoon rush hours. Trains will run every 10 to 12 minutes on the rest of the line — from Atlantic Station to Lake Station — with three-car, full platform trains.
Customers should allow for extra time in their commute, especially if they plan to catch the shuttle bus at Allen or Sierra Madre Villa stations. Those who normally park-and-ride from Sierra Madre Villa Station should consider using the Del Mar or Fillmore lots instead to avoid bus shuttle delays. Parking at Fillmore is limited. Parking at Del Mar costs $2 with proof of Metro fare (a TAP card, for example). Hint: you may have an easier time finding a space if you enter the garage from the Arroyo Parkway side.
Metro will continue with updates via The Source and on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metroLAalerts as we proceed with repairs.
UPDATE: 8:25 a.m. – Blue Line is resuming normal operations with some residual delays. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this incident.
Blue Line service in downtown Long Beach is disrupted due to a train versus auto incident near Pacific Coast Highway Station. The accident happened at 7:04 a.m. at Long Beach Boulevard and 14th Street.
There is limited train service between Downtown Long Beach and Anaheim stations. Service between downtown Los Angeles and Willow stations is not impacted.
Long Beach Transit Line 51 will be honoring Metro fares. The 51 bus serves downtown Long Beach and connects with the Blue Line’s Willow and Artesia stations. Map:
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