Over the last six months, late night Metro Red Line riders have likely noticed that on Sunday through Thursday nights, northbound and southbound trains have been sharing one track between Hollywood/Highland and North Hollywood.
Metro workers have been replacing all the lamps in the Red Line tunnels with new, brighter and longer-lasting high-efficiency LED lamps. These lamps use about half the energy of the existing fixtures and are expected to last about four times as long. The cost of the lighting project is about $9 million.
That translates to lower electricity bills for Metro and lower costs since the agency won’t have to replace the lamps as often. There are about 8,000 tunnel light fixtures, meaning it’s a big energy savings and a serious reduction in the amount of waste produced by Metro.
Metro workers are currently replacing fixtures in the Universal/Studio City area and gradually working back toward Union Station. Overall, the project will take three years to complete.
How does this affect your trip?
This is a long term project being performed on Sunday through Thursday nights and in conjunction with the Subway Tunnel Washing Project ongoing in downtown Los Angeles. This means there are two segments where Red Line trains share one track- in downtown and Hollywood to Universal City.
Due to limited track capacity, Red Line trains run every 20 minutes (instead of every 10 minutes) and the Purple Line only runs between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont. We try to minimize maintenance on Friday and Saturday nights, though other urgent work occasionally affects these nights. Customers with connections to other services should allow extra time and to check for planned service advisories at //bit.ly/servadv.