Train service will be replaced by bus shuttles on two stretches of the Expo Line this month in order for maintenance and repair work to be performed on overhead wires, track and communications equipment. The first closure was the weekend of Feb. 10 to 12.
This coming weekend from the evening of Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, Expo trains will run between 7th/Metro and Expo/Sepulveda with express and local bus shuttles replacing train service between Expo/Sepulveda and Downtown Santa Monica.
Trips using the Expo Line and shuttle bus are expected to take about 20 minutes longer than usual trips. Please allow extra time and plan accordingly.
Why the shutdown?
The contractor that built the project — Skanska/Rados Joint Venture — has a one year warranty for items on the line that require repair or replacement. Several items need to be done before the warranty expires and that work requires that the overhead wires that deliver power to trains be shut down for the work to be done safely.
Among the items that need work: replacing and relocating closed circuit television cameras near the overhead wires, adjustment of power cable counterweights and localized track work. Metro will also use the closures as an opportunity to perform state of good repair maintenance work on train tracks and systems.
Metro did look into doing the work during the overnight hours when the Expo Line isn’t running. But that’s a very short window of time and the work would have taken longer to do and cost 30 percent more. Metro believes it’s better to do the work in two weekends to reduce the impact to riders and the community and to best use the agency’s resources.
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