Major delays on Red, Purple Line subway

UPDATE, 8 p.m.: trains have resumed normal operations but there will be residual delays through 8:25 or so.

UPDATE at 6:15 p.m.: Major delays of up to 45 minutes continue on Red/Purple Line subway as maintenance crews work to isolate problem with switch in west crossover at Union Station. Single tracking continues from Westlake Station to Union station. A bus bridge remains in operation to shuttle passengers between Pershing and Union Station. Updates to follow.

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Rush-hour passengers are facing MAJOR 30-40 minute delays boarding subway trains at Union Station. This is due to equipment issues on the track between Civic Station and Union Station that serve the Metro Red Line to North Hollywood and the Metro Purple Line to Wilshire/Western. Trains are sharing single track between Union Station and Westlake/MacArthur Park Station, with two trains eastbound and two trains westbound. A bus bridge is established to shuttle passengers between Pershing Square Station to Union Station. Subway passengers connecting to Metrolink trains should allow extra time or use Metro buses or LADOT Transit DASH B, D or Bunker Hill Shuttle.

5 replies

  1. Unfortunately Twitter alerts are useless when you’re stuck standing on a Red/Purple Line station platform. Good reason to bring up why we need WiFi in the stations (if not the trains too)!

  2. I too had been not getting Twitter alerts. After yesterday I went to my Twitter account and found my settings had defaulted back to standard settings, meaning the option to push them automatically was not set. This may have happened during an “APP” update which may have overoad my personal settings. I set it back and all is fine now. In checking Twitter, Metro published many tweets during the disruption.

  3. How long do you expect these delays to last.
    I heard that it will be a 5 week ordeal?

    • No 5-week ordeal here, Brooke! Metro sincerely apologizes for the unexpected service disruption for subway passengers last night. Emergency repairs to an errant track switch were successfully completed and tested before the tracks were cleared for service at 7:10 p.m. Residual delays continued for about an hour after that while the schedule recovered from the bottleneck. No further delays are expected in this regard. Planned service advisories are listed well in advance on the homepage of, look for the links in the right-hand column. Customers can get service alerts on Metro’s regular Twitter feed, Metro’s service alert Twitter feed or via text message. –from Gayle Anderson, media relations

  4. At about 5:40 pm this evening, some 20 of us waited tonight for busses to arrive on HIll street, but no show. So we all walked to Union Station.
    Also, no Metro Alerts on my cell phone, though I have usually received them in past.