Some of you may have noticed this past weekend that we’ve been running two-car trains along the Blue and Expo Line instead of the usual three. This is part of a new pilot program meant to reduce wear and tear on our Blue/Expo Line rail cars, which are some of the oldest in the fleet. By running shorter train cars during the weekend, when there are fewer riders, Metro’s rail fleet services department will have more time to work on more vehicles so that they’re ready to operate at full capacity during the week.
This ultimately means fewer delays during the week, as we won’t have as many disabled trains clogging up the lines.
Of course, weekends with big events that impact Metro Rail will be taken into consideration. For example, this coming Saturday is USC football’s home opener at the L.A. Coliseum, and Metro Rail will be running enhanced service on game day. But on Sunday and Labor Day Monday, we’ll be scaling back to two-car trains on the Blue/Expo Line.
We’ll keep you updated on any events that will see enhanced service on Metro Rail. In the meantime, until those brand new rail cars start rolling into service (which won’t be until next year), our maintenance crews will work on keeping our current rail cars running smoothly.
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