Green Line resuming normal service

Update, 3:17 p.m.: Repairs to the Metro Green Line overhead power supply system are complete at this time. Trains are resuming normal service with residual delays as the regular schedule is re-established.

The Metro Green Line is currently running trains every 20 minutes due to overhead power supply damage near Long Beach Boulevard Station. Green Line trains are servicing all stations, but are sharing the Norwalk-bound track near Long Beach Boulevard Station.

More overhead wire damage was discovered this morning by track personnel between Harbor Freeway and Avalon and also between Willowbrook/Rosa Parks and Long Beach Boulevard stations. Crews are now performing emergency repair work at both incident locations.

At this time, there is no estimated time of completion. Green Line customers are encouraged to allow extra time to complete their trips. Line 460 is also available as an alternate route for those commuting between Downtown L.A. and Norwalk.

Metro would also like to thank all customers that may be inconvenienced while we work to resume normal operations. For the latest service updates, please check back here on the Source or follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles and @metrolaalerts.

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  1. (I have no inside knowledge) I think it’s just worn out. I’ve seen an old car with large amounts of graffiti pushed back into service, presumably because the “new” cars are broken down. Small breakdowns never make it onto the twitter feed, nor do serious breakdowns before about 6am. The peak hours could easily use the 6 car trains, but they only roll 4 car trains (3 and 2 car trains, in Metro-speak).

    Somebody postponed refreshing the line for too long, now there aren’t enough hours in the day to repair the things that break. They like shiny new extensions. I’m also guessing the operational budget is not going to be expanded to cover the additional repairs the new lines and extensions will need. They don’t talk about $ amounts in adopted budgets, so here’s the figures from the proposed budgets:
    BTW, labor is close to 80% of these figures
    2009 Green Line vehicle maintenance: $7.2M
    2010 Green Line vehicle maintenance: $6.9M

    2013: The remaining $400 million is dedicated to maintain our transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair,
    which includes $278 million to reduce deferred maintenance of our existing capital assets

    2014: $882K deferred maintenance
    2015: $317K deferred maintenance

    Repair costs go up as the entire fleet gets older, but less money is spent, which is the opposite of any automobile or motorcycle I’ve ever owned.
    Green Line Vehicle maintenance
    parts,% labor,%
    2007 $5,356,016.00 $1,650,412.00 30.81417233 69.18582767
    2008 $4,661,227.00 $1,624,355.00 34.84822773 65.15177227
    2009 $7,227,636.00 $1,670,146.00 23.10777687 76.89222313
    2010 $6,912,453.00 $1,520,091.00 21.99061607 78.00938393
    public documents switch to entire rail from only green line
    2011 $22,172,921.00 $6,144,549.00 27.71195099 72.28804901
    2014 $43,572,000.00 $13,512,000.00 31.01074084 68.98925916

    • > The peak hours could easily use the 6 car trains, but they only roll 4 car trains (3 and 2 car trains, in Metro-speak).


      Uh, a “car” is a single vehicle that cannot be divided into independently operable vehicles, whether it’s on a single rigid frame on two trucks (or even on one, for exceptionally short cars), or multiple articulated frames, with a truck at either end and a truck at each articulation joint (as in the 3-truck trolley cars used not only on our own Blue, Green, Gold, and Expo Lines, but also on the SF Muni Metro Lines J-M, S, and T, and the trolley lines of the Sacramento RT and the San Diego Trolley, just to name the more obvious California examples). If I’m not mistaken, even a five-unit articulated container car (running on six trucks) is still considered one “car,” and the only cases where articulated “units” are considered separate “cars” is in the case of an entire train being articulated (as in the original Pioneer Zephyr, or any of the Talgo systems, such as the one used for corridor service in the Pacific Northwest).

  2. Out of curiosity, what’s causing the damage? And I’ve heard of a proposal to cut 460 service between Downtown LA and Norwalk, there needs to be some other transit route alternative if these problems are keep happening.

  3. Ye vish! Didn’t a crew just finish fixing another section of overhead? And it’s not like the Green Line has any street-run sections where the overhead would be exposed to cross-traffic (or to well-insulated and/or extremely stupid vandals).