UPDATE: Gold Line service suspended between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations due to freeway truck accident

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.: At this time, cranes are working to remove the tractor-trailer that has been blocking the Metro Gold Line tracks just east of the Allen Station since approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon. The truck was involved in an accident with another big rig that shut down the eastbound 210 freeway and has suspended Gold Line service between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa Stations.

Unfortunately, the Gold Line is not expected to resume normal service by tomorrow morning. The damage caused by the tractor-trailer is extensive, including two downed poles that support the overhead power supply system, fallen wires and even damage to the track itself. Metro will not know the true extent of the damage until the vehicle has been removed from the tracks. We will provide more information once the removal has been completed—likely in another hour or two.

At this time, Gold Line trains are running every 10 minutes between Atlantic and Lake stations. The trains are three-car, full platform trains, so customers may use the entire length of the platform when boarding. Shuttle buses replace service for those traveling between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa Stations. This means customers may board a train headed toward Union Station at Lake, but will need to board a shuttle bus for east-bound service to Allen Station or Sierra Madre Villa Station.

Metro appreciates the patience of all Gold Line customers as we try to restore service safely and quickly.

More updates regarding tomorrow’s morning commute on the Gold Line will be provided later this evening.

Still of the crash on the 210 taken from Caltrans traffic camera.

Still of the crash on the 210 taken from Caltrans traffic camera.

Metro Gold Line service between Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations has been suspended for the remainder of the day due to a big rig crash on the eastbound 210 freeway near Allen Avenue. The accident is blocking the tracks near Allen Station and has damaged parts of the tracks and the power system. All lanes on the eastbound 210 were initially closed, but reports have indicated three lanes were reopened by 4:30 p.m.

All Pasadena-bound trains will end at Lake Station and turn back to Los Angeles. Bus shuttles will replace train service between Lake, Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations through close of service. Please allow extra time to travel through the affected area.

Pasadena ARTS buses will honor Metro fares. ARTS bus Line 40 runs service between Sierra Madre Vila, Allen and Memorial Park stations.

Normal train service will continue between East L.A. and Lake Station.

As soon as the accident is cleared, Metro will begin repairs on the damaged infrastructure. Repairs at this time are estimated to take up to 24 hours. We will continue to provide updates here at The Source. For live updates, check metro.net or follow Metro on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metroLAalerts.

Those headed to Union Station on Metro Rail to take the Dodger Stadium Express should consider driving to the station or taking one of the many bus lines that serves Union Station. For maps and timetables: http://www.metro.net/riding/maps/

Construction notice: week-long closure of intersection of Lincoln & Colorado in Santa Monica begins Monday for Expo Line track work

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The good news is that construction of the second phase of the Expo Line continues to chug along at a speedy pace. The not-quite-as-good-news: the busy intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica needs to be closed for a week to accommodate construction of the tracks along Colorado Ave.

Please help spread the word. The official notice from the Expo Line Construction Authority — the agency building the project — is posted above.

The second phase of the Expo Line is funded by the Measure R sales tax increase approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008. It is one of three rail projects receiving Measure R funding that are currently under construction (along with the Crenshaw/LAX Line and Gold Line Foothill Extension) with construction of two other projects expected to begin later this year (Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension). Metro has also begun receiving the first of 550 new state-of-the-art buses and is spending $1.2 billion to overhaul the Metro Blue Line, including the purchase of new light rail vehicles.

Service Alert: Major morning delays on the Gold Line due to continuing repairs

Metro crews working on repairing the Gold Line on Thursday morning. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Metro crews working on repairing the Gold Line on Thursday morning. Photos by Steve Hymon/Metro.

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Unfortunately, major delays continue on the Metro Gold Line due to damage to the overhead power supply system that occurred Wednesday morning between South Pasadena and Highland Park stations. Commuters are advised to plan ahead and allow for extra time if traveling on the Gold Line, or use alternate routes. Park and ride commuters, please consider Metrolink or driving today.

Trains will be running every 15 minutes, but may hold temporarily along the line in order to avoid congestion caused as trains share one track through the problem area. Please be advised, all trains in both directions will board on the Pasadena-bound track at Highland Park Station. Nearly all Gold Line trains running this morning will be three-car trains, which means customers can use the entire platform when boarding.

For those commuting from the Highland Park area, alternative bus options include Metro Bus 81 and 83. Both bus lines travel through Highland Park to Downtown L.A. See more alternate bus lines for the Gold Line here.

Metro would again like to apologize for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience as we work to make repairs as fast as possible. For those who need delay verification because of this morning’s Gold Line delays, please call 213.922.6235 or fax 213.922.6988.

Full southbound 405 closure between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West L.A. planned nights of March 17 – 22

Here is the press release from Metro:

The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor plans to fully close the southbound I-405 between Santa Monica Boulevard and National Boulevard in West Los Angeles on the following dates and times to facilitate the installation of a full-span freeway overhead sign and to conduct other roadway construction activities at the freeway median:

  • From midnight to 5 a.m. on the nights of:
    • Monday, March 17, to Thursday, March 20
    • Sunday, March 23
    • From midnight to 6 a.m. on the nights of:
      • Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22

Other Closures:

  • Lanes will begin to close at 10 p.m.
  • Ramps will begin to close at 7 p.m.
  • Southbound Santa Monica on-ramp
  • Southbound Sunset on-ramps
  • Southbound Wilshire on-ramps
  • Southbound I-405 to eastbound I-10 connector
  • Southbound I-405 to westbound I-10 connector

Detour: From the southbound I-405, exit at Santa Monica Boulevard, turn left to eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard, turn right to southbound Sepulveda Boulevard, turn right to westbound National Boulevard, and turn left on to the southbound I-405 on-ramp on National Boulevard.

What to expect:

Work continues to restore Blue Line service between downtown Long Beach and Willow station

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Here are a trio of photos taken this morning of the work underway to repair the overhead wires on the Blue Line in Long Beach. The pantograph on a rail car damaged the wires about 5:20 a.m.

Blue Line service has been suspended between downtown Long Beach and Willow station while repairs are being made. Metro is operating shuttle bus service between downtown Long Beach and Willow station and Long Beach Transit Bus 51 is also available.

The repairs are expected to be complete in mid-afternoon.

There is regular Blue Line service between Willow Station and 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles.

For up to date information, please follow our twitter pages @MetroLosAngeles and @MetroLAAlerts.

Metro to run on Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day

Just a friendly reminder that all Metro Bus and Rail will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day. Please be aware that some bus lines will not be in service due to Sunday schedule operations. More info is available here.

Metro will operate regular weekday service on Friday. For route and schedule information visit metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

Also, a reminder that there will be bus detours in Hollywood on Sunday, Dec. 1 due to the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Please check the Service Advisories page for detour lines and details. Those who are attending the parade are encouraged to take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland or Hollywood/Vine – both stations will put you right along the parade route!

Upcoming Service Advisory: Bus shuttles to replace Expo Line service between La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City Saturday, Nov 23

Bus shuttles will replace Metro Expo Line service between La Cienega/Jefferson Station and Culver City Station on Saturday, Nov. 23 in order for Metro to perform planned track maintenance.

Train service will only run between 7th St/Metro Center and La Cienega/Jefferson from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus shuttles will be implemented between the La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City stations during this time to help customers reach their destinations. Announcements will be made at the stations.

Stay updated by following Metro on Twitter @metroLAalerts or @metrolosangeles.

The work being done includes the replacement of a frog junction that allows trains to switch tracks smoothly and seamlessly. Check out the video below to see how frog junctions work!

Service Alert: Tonight, Nov. 5 through Thurs, Nov. 7—Expo Line every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Tonight, Nov. 5 through Thurs, Nov. 7, Expo Line will run every 20 minutes between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. while track work is completed.

Trains will share one track between La Cienega/Jefferson and Culver City Stations.

Announcements will be made at Expo Line stations. You can also follow alerts on Twitter or check Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note that NexTrip may not accurately predict service for Expo Line at this time.

Metro thanks you for your patience if you are traveling the Expo Line between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight through Thursday.

Service Alert: Limited nighttime service on Blue Line from Willowbrook to Long Beach October 27-30

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Due to vital track maintenance, there will be limited nighttime train service on the Metro Blue Line between Willowbrook Station and Downtown Long Beach Station beginning Sunday, October 27 through Wednesday, October 30. The maintenance is a continuation of last week’s track tampering, which levels and strengthens the tracks, ensuring durability as well as a smooth ride for train passengers.

Starting at 9 p.m. until close of service, Blue Line trains between Willowbrook Station and Downtown Long Beach Station will only run every 30 minutes. Customers may need to switch trains at Willowbrook Station to continue southbound to Long Beach. Regular evening service will run between 7th St/Metro Center and Willowbrook.

Announcements will be made at Blue Line stations. You can also follow alerts on Twitter or check Metro’s Service Advisories page. Please note that NexTrip may not accurately predict service at this time. Plan ahead and expect extended wait times if you need to travel that segment Sunday through Wednesday after 9 p.m.

Check out the video below to see what track tampering looks like.

Service Alert: Major delays on Blue Line due to disabled train

The Blue Line is currently experiencing delays of up to 20 minutes due to a disabled train near the Florence/Firestone track junction.

Trains are sharing one track from Willowbrook Station to Washington Station. Due to rail congestion, some southbound trains are turning back at Washington Station, northbound trains at Willowbrook Station. Please follow station announcements.

Customers are encouraged to use alternate routes. From 7th/Metro use the Metro Silver Line, Metro Bus 450 to Green Line Harbor Fwy Station or Metro Bus 460 to Green Line Norwalk Station. The freeway upcharge for the Silver Line is waived with valid TAP card.

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