Update, Friday, June 12: Gold Line will run every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. while maintenance work is done. Trains will share 1 track at Highland Park Station. In addition, trains will run every 15 minutes between Union Station and Pasadena after 8 p.m.
Update, June 11, 8:45 a.m.: Maintenance work scheduled on the Metro Gold Line has been cancelled again today due to inclement weather conditions. All trains have resumed normal service operating approximately every 12 minutes. The work taking place tomorrow, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. still remains as scheduled.
Metro would again like to thank all customers affected by the service changes that have occurred this week as the work is essential to the overall improvement of Gold Line rail service.
Update, June 10, 6 p.m.: Although morning/midday maintenance was cancelled this Wednesday, June 10, on the Metro Gold Line, repair work resumes Thursday and Friday, June 11 and 12. Customers should please prepare for the following modifications to Gold Line service levels:
- On Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., trains will arrive every 20 minutes along the entire Gold Line, sharing one track at Highland Park Station. During this time, Metro operations will run as many three-car trains as possible, to accommodate more passengers per trip. Please listen to station announcements or follow our service alerts @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts for boarding instructions as each train arrives.
- Thursday evening after 8 p.m., the Gold Line will run every 15 minutes between Union Station and Pasadena through close, as opposed to the usual 10. Trains will share one track at Allen Station.
- On Friday, the scheduled morning/midday maintenance will begin an hour later, at 9 a.m., to lessen the impact on rush hour. Trains will arrive every 20-25 minutes until approximately 2:30 p.m. There is no evening maintenance scheduled for Friday night, but repair work will continue next week.
There’s no good way to say this, Gold Line riders: this week, off-peak service between Pasadena and Union Station will be impacted by multiple maintenance projects beginning as early as 8 a.m.
As many riders may have guessed, the maintenance is related to the damaged overhead wires that resulted in delays and emergency repairs on the Gold Line this past April.
That multiple-day disruption prompted a comprehensive inspection of the entire Gold Line’s overhead power supply system. A prematurely frayed tension cable was found to be the root of the problem. Other segments of the line were noted to be at similar risk. Since that time, Metro has been replacing a number of the tension wires on the Gold Line and other smaller, related components that exhibit signs of wear.
All told, the necessary repairs are predicted to take until August to complete — and maybe longer. Maintenance is scheduled on weekdays during off-peak hours, when it is easiest and safest for trains to bypass works zones. While this is still inconvenient for many, if we do not prioritize this work and an element identified as “weak” fails, the impact on Gold Line service and customers would be much greater.
With all that said, here are the schedule changes to be aware of this coming week. (You can also find this information on our Service Advisories page, along with planned departure times from Sierra Madre Villa, Atlantic and Union Station.)
- Sunday through Thursday, Jun 7 through 11, after 8 p.m., the Gold Line will run every 15 minutes between Union Station and Pasadena (as opposed to the usual 10). Trains will share one track at Allen Station.
- Monday and Tuesday, Jun 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m., trains along the entire Gold Line will arrive every 25 minutes and share one track between Lincoln/Cypress and Southwest Museum Station.
- Thursday, Jun 11, from 8 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m., trains will run every 20 minutes, sharing one track at Highland Park Station.
- Friday, Jun 12, from 9 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m., the Gold Line will operate every 25 minutes.
Before signing off, we’d like to thank everyone whose commutes will be affected by these service changes for their understanding. As construction is a dynamic process, please check in with us here at The Source or on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts, for any updates before you start your trip.
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