This Weekend: Bus shuttles replace Blue Line between Washington-Vernon due to upgrade work

Bus shuttles will replace Blue Line trains between Washington and Vernon Station this weekend, beginning this evening at 9 p.m. through Sunday close of service. During this time, crews will perform crucial track maintenance for a switch, or crossover point, between Washington and Vernon.

Washington-Vernon shuttles Oct 9-11

All southbound trains will return to 7th Street/Metro Center Station at Washington, and all trains originating in Downtown Long Beach will travel as far north as Vernon Station and return south. Customers wishing to travel between Vernon and Washington will need to board bus shuttles labeled “Blue Line Shuttle” in order to do so.

Here are the service levels you can expect while bus shuttles are in effect: (These changes are also posted on the Planned Service Advisories page.)

On Friday, Oct 9 after 9 p.m., the Blue Line will run every 10 minutes between Downtown Long Beach and Vernon, and every 12 minutes between Washington and 7th Street/Metro Center. Expo Line will operate every 12 minutes after 9 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, Blue Line trains will run every 12 minutes between Long Beach and Vernon, and every 12 minutes between Washington and 7th Street/Metro Center throughout each day. Expo Line will also operate every 12 minutes, from end-to-end, on both days. Please be aware both Blue and Expo Line trains will run with 2-cars as part of our new weekend pilot program.

Finally, we would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding while crews make improvements to the Metro Blue Line. For the latest transit news and service updates, follow us on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts.

2 replies

  1. When will the LACTC screw up be rectified? Building a light rail line using other than standard gauge has come to haunt them.

  2. This is REAL BAD NEWS and inconvenience for your riders this weekend who plan on using the Blue Line to the LONG BEACH MARATHON this weekend. Real bad timing.