Some subway trains running shorter than normal

Due to ongoing safety inspections of rail cars, some subway trains on the Red and Purple lines may be shorter than normal this week — as some readers saw during their morning commute today. Trains are operating at their normal speeds and on their regular schedules.

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5 replies

  1. Telling your customers the full nature of the “mechanical problem” would assist in their decision to use or not to use rail transit at this time.

    Obfuscating the nature of this apparent sudden emergency does nothing to maintain confidence in rail transportation in greater Los Angeles, which, through no fault of LA Metro, is at a very low level.

    Identifying the faulty component’s maker would also assist us all in the future when it comes time to pick a manufacturer and mandate origin of components for the future rail cars our region will need to order very soon.

    Thanks again though, Marc and/or Gayle, for responding to my question to the extent you did.

    • Hi Erik:

      Do you statistics showing confidence in rail transportation in greater L.A. is at a very low level?


      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. Please adjust the air-conditioning inside the trains!! About half of the trains don’t have proper working A/C, and oftentimes it becomes unbearably hot. There is a flow of air, but it’s not cooling air, it just warm stale flow… Please adjust. Thanks!

  3. What is being inspected?

    Why so suddenly?

    Why wasn’t this done at night or during midday when a good portion of the Subway fleet is in the yard?

    • Hi Erik: As a safety precaution Metro Operations workers last Friday began inspecting the wheels on more than 100 subway train cars after encountering a mechanical problem with one wheel. There are more than 800 wheels to inspect. Some of the train cars have been removed from service so engineers can do more sophisticated testing. If wheels on a train car need to be replaced, it is a time-consuming ordeal because, basically, the entire train car platform has to be dismantled and reassembled. Metro has pressed its spare train cars into service and is running shorter trains in some cases to maintain normal speeds and schedules. The agency apologizes for any inconvenience to customers.
      – from Marc Littman, Deputy Executive Officer, Public Relations