Here’s our latest update on Gold Line maintenance for the week of Jun 28 to Jul 5. (For specific departure times from Sierra Madre Villa, Union Station and Atlantic Station during maintenance schedules, please check the Service Advisories page.)
As we’ve mentioned before, this Saturday and Sunday, Jun 27 and 28, Gold Line customers should anticipate trains every 20 minutes between Union Station and Pasadena from start of service through 10:30 a.m. On Saturday morning, trains will share one track at Lincoln/Cypress, Heritage Square and Southwest Museum stations. On Sunday, trains headed to downtown/East L.A. and Pasadena will board on the same platform at Highland Park Station. Crews will be trimming the trees that make for peaceful views while riding the Gold Line, but also need upkeep so their branches don’t interfere with trains or wires.
Crucial traction power and track inspection work will also continue on the Gold Line next week. Monday, Jun 29 through Wednesday, Jul 1, trains will run every 15 minutes along the entire line from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., sharing one track at Highland Park. On Thursday, Jul 2, trains will again arrive every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but will share one track at South Pasadena and Fillmore.
Longer, three-car trains will be in service as midday maintenance occurs, so customers should board using the entire platform to avoid crowding.
Fourth of July weekend is around the corner, and Metro will be running enhanced service on all rail lines, including the Gold Line, this Jul 4, to facilitate safe, easy travel to and from holiday events. Sunday morning, Jul 5, from open to 10:30 a.m., the Gold Line will again run every 20 minutes between Union Station and Pasadena, as crews continue with more tree trimming.
As many are already aware, maintenance planned for the Gold Line in the coming weeks is related to the damaged overhead wires that resulted in delays and emergency repairs this past April. The disruption prompted a comprehensive inspection of the entire line’s overhead power supply system and a prematurely frayed tension cable was found to be the root of the problem. Other segments of the Gold Line were noted to be at similar risk.
If you’re wondering why the cables need repair — besides the normal wear and tear of operation, the Gold Line travels through a number of sharp curves and grade changes and runs over multiple bridges. All of this translates into extra stress on the cable, and thus, extra upkeep.
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 of this is done in order to keep the Gold Line in a state of good repair so that we can continue to provide efficient, reliable and safe service.
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. Metro is aiming to have the work done by the end of July.
Metro thanks 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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