Expect Blue Line delays due to electrical issues

UPDATE (8:10pm)

Blue Line has resumed normal operations to all stations with minor residual delays through 8:15pm. There are no other alerts.

UPDATE (4:12pm)

  • Southbound passengers will board a train at 7th St/Metro Ctr to Pico Station, then take a bus shuttle to the next station, Grand, where they may board a Long Beach bound train to continue their southbound trip.
  • Northbound passengers will exit at Grand Station, then take a bus shuttle to the next station, Pico, where they may board a 7th St/Metro Ctr bound train to the Red/Purple Lines and Downtown LA.
  • Over a dozen buses have been assigned to this bus bridge to assist this evening.
  • When traveling through the affected area, allow 20-30 min of additional travel time.
  • All Metro Express bus lines, including Silver Line, continue to have the express fare upcharge waived on the I-110 Harbor Transitway segment to encourage using this viable, alternate route.
  • Trains may encounter minor residual delays between Long Beach Transit Mall and Grand Station.
  • Crews are currently troubleshooting and there is a possibility that normal service will be restored later this evening.
  • Please stay tuned for further updates.

UPDATE (3:12pm)

Here’s the latest from operations:

  • Blue Line major disruption due to overhead power systems issue at Flower/Venice.
  • Train service currently suspended between Pico & Grand stations.
  • Blue Line only serving LB Transit Mall – Grand & Pico – 7th St/Metro Ctr.  Expect minor residual delays on entire line.
  • Bus shuttles will be provided for thru travel.
  • Thru passengers should expect delays of up to 40 minutes and crowding to continue through this evening’s rush hour.
  • Please follow train and station announcements for latest information.
  • Downtown passengers destined for stations between Long Beach and Imperial/Wilmington, consider waiting at Flower/7th, just across the street from 7th St/Metro Center and boarding Metro Silver Line (every 10-15 min) or Line 450 (every 12 min rush) to Harbor Fwy Station and transfer with Green Line to get back to Blue Line.  Express upcharge waived tonight.  Regular Blue Line fare will be accepted onboard these buses.
  • Downtown passengers destined for Norwalk Station, consider waiting at Flower/7th and boarding Line 460 (every 30 min).  Express upcharge waived tonight.  Regular Blue Line fare will be accepted onboard these buses.
  • Downtown passengers destined for Aviation/LAX, consider waiting at Flower/7th and boarding LADOT Commuter Express 438 (every 15 min rush).  Or take Red/Purple Lines to Union Station and boarding LAX FlyAway (every 30 min).

ORIGINAL POST:

Problems with the overhead electrical system on the Blue Line have stalled a southbound Blue Train and service has been suspended between the Pico and Grand Stations. All passengers have been taken off the train and a bus bridge is being established.

Technicians are on their way to investigate the electrical problems, but in the meantime Blue Line riders should expect major delays. Riders should consider the Silver Line as a possible alternative.

For the latest service advisories, follow @MetroLAalerts on Twitter.

Most Metrolink trains will be idle on Labor Day

Here’s the news release from Metrolink:

Metrolink offers two round-trips on Antelope Valley Line on Labor Day

LOS ANGELES – In observance of Labor Day, Metrolink will suspend all service except for two round-trips on the Antelope Valley Line on Monday, Sept. 5. The Antelope Valley Line extends from L.A. Union Station to Lancaster, with stops in between at Glendale, Downtown Burbank, Sun Valley, Sylmar/San Fernando, Newhall, Santa Clarita, Via Princessa, Vincent Grade/Acton and Palmdale.

Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Please visit http://www.metrolinktrains.com for information about schedules and affordable ticketing options.

As part of the iWatch campaign, Metrolink reminds travelers to BE AWARE (if something does not look right, alert the conductor, station security or police), BE INFORMED (familiarize yourself with the location of emergency exits and train platform phones) and BE ALERT (look for suspicious behavior or unattended packages and report them immediately).

ABOUT METROLINK

Metrolink is Southern California’s regional commuter rail service in its 19th year of operations. The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, governs the service. Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network.

Memorial Park Station reopens; Gold Line operating without delays

Police activity that closed the Memorial Park Station in Pasadena concluded at 3:17 a.m. this morning. Delays of up to 20 minutes affected the Pasadena segment of the Gold Line from Del Mar to Lake stations. A bus bridge transported passengers to either destination and trains had to share a track to bypass the incident train held at the station. The Memorial Park station was reopened  by 4 a.m. in time for the start of service on Saturday morning.

 

Gold Line: Police activity closes Memorial Park station; buses will shuttle passengers to Del Mar and Lake stations

Update 8:20 p.m.: Track is cleared at Memorial Park Station to allow trains to resume service and bypass Memorial Park Station. Bus bridge will transport passengers to Del Mar and Lake stations.

Police activity on board a Metro Gold Line train stopped at the Memorial Park station has effectively closed the station while police investigate an altercation on board. The incident occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. on the northbound train. Delays do not affect Gold Line service from Del Mar Station in Pasadena to Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles. A bus bridge will transport passengers between Del Mar and Lake stations in the Pasadena area. Trains will be able to single-track past the station when cleared by investigators. Updates to follow.

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Gold Line returns to normal schedule; full service recovery complete at 8:20 a.m.

Major delays of more than 30 minutes that plagued service on the Pasadena side of  the Metro Gold Line since Wednesday evening continued into the morning commute as crews completed repair of the overhead wire system that powers the trains and relocated two trains stranded on the tracks. Damage to the overhead wire system was reported at 6:20 p.m. and traced to a malfunctioning feeder cable. The damage resulted in a loss of traction power between Del Mar and Memorial Park station and stranded two trains at Fillmore and Del Mar stations. Service continued with delays as trains were diverted to a single track in order to bypass the stranded trains. Repairs to the overhead wire system were completed  by 5 a.m. and the stranded trains were relocated to repair areas. Full service on normal schedule was restored at 8: 20 a.m.

Update: Gold Line trains every 20 minutes to Pasadena stations; no delays in service to East Los Angeles

Update 5 a.m. Trains running every 20 minutes on Metro Gold Line in Pasadena area from Union Station to Sierra Madre Villa stations. Trains using single track between Indiana location and Allen Station to bypass stranded trains at Fillmore and Del Mar. No delays for trains serving East Los Angeles stations.
 
Update 9:59 p.m. : Looks like damage to overhead wire system that supplies power to trains was caused by malfunctioning feeder cable. Operations now estimates repairs can be completed by 4 a.m. Stay tuned for updates. Follow @metroLAalerts on Twitter or check  for updates here on The Source or under Service Alerts on metro.net homepage.
 
Update 7:59 p.m. : Train operators have performed inspections on all trains. No further damage to overhead wire system was discovered. Estimated repair time is not yet determined. Updates to follow.

Damage to overhead wire system that supplies power to Metro Gold Line trains causing major delays of 30 minutes or more in Pasadena area. Trains are single tracking between Highland Park and Lake stations since 6:20 p.m. The cause of the damage to the power system is not yet determined.

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