Final update, Friday, 8 p.m.: Emergency repairs necessitated by Monday’s train-auto incident and derailment have been wrapped up on the Metro Blue Line. Trains are now running regular service between Compton and Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station.
Repairs to the damaged overhead power supply system near Compton Station continues on Wednesday afternoon. Metro is hoping to restore train service by Friday evening and we will provide an update if the timeline changes. Currently, crews have completed repairs to the damaged catenary pole, and we are on track for operations safety testing Friday morning.
While repair work is ongoing, Blue Line trains will run every 12 to 15 minutes, with bus shuttles replacing train service between Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station and Compton Station. Buses will run approximately every 10 minutes.
Many people will wonder why the repairs are taking so long. Here’s what happened: at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday, a Blue Line train hit a car that drove around the crossing gates. That caused the train to derail and that resulted in extensive damage to multiple components, including the tracks, overhead power supply system and the signals system.
Because of the different systems impacted, some repairs cannot begin until others are completed first. Crews must pour a new concrete foundation for a new overhead wire pole. Once the concrete is cured, the pole will be installed and the rest of the wires and signal systems fixed. This entire process can take up to 24 hours. After new equipment is installed, testing must also be done to ensure trains can run safely through the area before we can restore regular service.
Again, we would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we work to restore service as soon as possible. Please continue to follow us here at the Source or on Twitter @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts for status updates.
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