Service disruption on Eastside Gold Line

UPDATE: Service should be normal Wednesday morning but please check our Twitter feed for any further updates.

Here is the latest from Metro’s Twitter feed:

Bus shuttles replace Gold Line btwn Indiana + Atlantic due to police activity near Maravilla. Use Montebello Bus Line 40 on 3rd as alt. ^ST

Montebello Bus Line 40 is also an alternative; here’s a map.

This is due to a police investigation of an incident that happened near the tracks — not on Metro property.

The best way to get up-to-date service alerts is to follow Metro’s general Twitter feed or Metro’s Service Alert Twitter feed, which only includes service alerts.

UPDATE: service restored to Green Line

UPDATE at 11:15 a.m. LAFD has cleared the area and the Green Line is resuming regular service.

The Metro Green Line has suspended service between the Crenshaw/I-105 and Aviation/LAX stations at the request of the Los Angeles Fire Department due to a major gas leak near the railroad tracks. Trains are turning back from both stations.

Bus shuttles are en route to assist customers travel between the stations. Expect travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Follow announcements at the stations.

For up-to-the-minute information, follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

Here is the announcement from Caltrans:

Emergency Closure: Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) Between I-405 and Crenshaw Blvd.

Los Angeles – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) closed I-105 from the San Diego Freeway (I-405) to Crenshaw Boulevard in both directions at 10:30 a.m. It is unknown at this time when the closure will be lifted.

This closure is in place to support the City of Hawthorne’s efforts to cap a gas leak near Imperial Highway and Truro Avenue.

Blue, Expo Lines back in regular service this morning

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

Metro Blue and Expo Lines are back in service this morning after repairs were completed to the overhead electric wires during the night.

Both light rail lines were impacted since Sunday around 5 p.m. when the overhead electric wires were damaged at Flower Street and 18th Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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.

No Blue Line or Expo Line service Sunday night in downtown Los Angeles due to overhead wire issue

Damaged overhead wires. Photo by Metro.

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.

Minor delays on subway expected throughout the day until close of service

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.

Expo Line running every 20 minutes tonight between La Cienega and Culver City Station

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.

No Blue Line service between downtown Long Beach and Anaheim Street

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.

20 minute delays on the Expo Line this weekend

This grinding machine was working on the Eastside extension before the opening.

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.

WeHo: new nighttime trolley service starts tonight

The PickUp Line, the new entertainment shuttle of WeHo. Photo: City of West Hollywood.

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