As of 2 p.m. repairs to the overhead wire have been completed and tested. Normal service resuming at this time.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE BLUE LINE THIS MORNING?
At 8:15 a.m. a southbound Blue Line train experienced an overhead wire entanglement near San Pedro Station. The live wire landed partially on the San Pedro platform and required immediate de-energizing, station evacuation and bypassing of train service, using the 7th/Metro bound track. Safety for passengers was the first priority.
AND THE EXPO LINE?
Due to complexities with the traction power system, power was removed as far back as the Washington/Flower Junction, disrupting Expo Line service. During this time, buses were requested to shuttle Expo customers between 23rd Street, Pico, and 7th/Metro. After isolating the de-energized segment and re-configuring power, limited Expo Line service to/from 7th/Metro was restored on a single track at 9:10 a.m.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT DELAYS?
Normal service resuming on Expo/Blue lines. For most up to date information, get alerts on Twitter and follow station announcements.
WHY DOES IT TAKE A LONG TIME FOR BUS SHUTTLES TO ARRIVE?
When bus shuttles are requested during rail disruptions, they must be pulled off of existing lines in service. This requires buses to divert from their normal location to the incident location. During rush hour, there are very limited resources available on standby at the bus divisions. Additionally, it can take up to 9 buses just to accommodate 1 Blue Line train. This means buses fill up as quickly as we can get them out there. This morning, we requested 20 buses to assist affected customers.
WHY DOES THE EXPO LINE GET DELAYED WHEN INCIDENTS HAPPEN ON THE BLUE LINE?
Both lines are run as a shared operation using the same equipment. A Blue Line train ending at 7th/Metro often departs as a Culver City bound Expo Line train and vice versa. This means when there are delays to the Blue Line, it can disrupt train sequencing for the Expo Line. Also, as mentioned above, complexities with the traction power system resulted in a de-energized segment of the Expo Line between 23rd Street and Pico. After power reconfiguration, we were able to restore power to one track to allow Expo Line trains to service 7th/Metro. The closer an incident occurs to the shared Blue/Expo Line segment, the greater likelihood of both lines being affected.
I WAS LATE TO WORK OR SCHOOL. DO YOU OFFER A DELAY VERIFICATION THAT I CAN SUBMIT TO MY SCHOOL OR EMPLOYER?
Yes, please contact Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or Fax 213.922.6988.