Power restored but major delays on Red/Purple Line through 7 a.m.

Update, 6:27 a.m.: Trains are departing the downtown Los Angeles rail yard but it will take a while to get Red/Purple Line service back to normal. Thank you for your patience and patronage!

UPDATE, 6:10 A.M. Power has been restored to the rail yard and more trains are preparing to enter service.

The earlier post:

There are a very limited number of trains presently running on the Red/Purple Lines. These are the trains that made it out of the rail yard — located in downtown L.A. — before power was lost earlier this morning.

Metro is working to restore electricity to the yard but the service disruption could spill into the morning rush hour.

Bus shuttles will run along the entire Red Line from North Hollywood to Union Station and will stop at every Red Line Station. Also, the Silver Line is only charging the regular $1.75 Metro fare between 7th/Metro and Union Station (the regular Silver Line fare is $2.75).

Purple Line riders should either wait for a train or consider alternative service on Metro bus service — the 20 Local or 720 Rapid — that runs along Wilshire Boulevard and stops at all Purple Line stations.

Here is alternative for the Red/Purple Line route:  

Between Koreatown, Westlake/MacArthur Park and Downtown LA

From Wilshire/Western, Wilshire/Normandie, Wilshire/Vermont, and Westlake/MacArthur Park Stations to Downtown LA

From Downtown LA to Westlake/MacArthur Park, Wilshire/Vermont, Wilshire/Normandie, and Wilshire/Western Stations

Between Vermont/Beverly Station and Downtown LA

From Vermont/Beverly Station to Downtown LA

From Downtown LA to Vermont/Beverly Station

Between Vermont/Santa Monica Station and Downtown LA

From Vermont/Santa Monica Station to Downtown LA

From Downtown LA to Vermont/Santa Monica Station

Between Vermont/Sunset Station and Downtown LA

From Vermont/Sunset Station to Downtown LA

  •  Metro Local 2 with “Downtown LA” headsign only
    • Board on eastbound Sunset Bl

From Downtown LA to Vermont/Sunset Station

Between San Fernando Valley and Downtown LA

Consider using  LADOT Commuter Express 422 ,  423 or Metrolink Ventura County or  Antelope Valley Lines

Categories: Service Alerts

12 replies

  1. Steve, have I been blocked from posting? I always thought my insights were valuable although sometimes embarrassing for the MTA.

    • Hi —

      As far as I can tell, we’ve posted all your recent comments — I don’t see any in the spam or trash bins. I very rarely block comments. When I do, it’s usually because of profanity or name calling that I think goes over the line. Critical comments remain welcome.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • I posted a second comment (as a reply to another comment) in the TSA scanning device article. It got trash canned.

        • Hi Just a person;

          I don’t see it in the trash, nor do I see it in pending comments.

          Steve Hymon
          Editor, The Source

  2. Steve,

    I can’t find any way to subscribe to service alerts so that I don’t have to proactively check for them each morning. Is there a way to do this? I’d like to assume that the trains are running unless I hear otherwise, rather than the other way around. Ideally, I could specify to receive only service alerts affecting the red line.

    Thanks for any assistance you can provide.


    • Hi Derek —

      Not that I’m aware of. I agree it’s a good idea and one we’ve heard before. I’ll pass along to tech folks.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

    • I always check their Twitter. Moovit is a great app that gives good alerts and Google Maps gives you a heads up if your commute will be affected by stuff like this

  3. Wow it’s a huge turd show on the rail lines today. I guess this $11 Lyft ride that my employer is partially paying for suddenly doesn’t seem so dreadful anymore. Let’s see what this afternoon’s delays will be.

    And seriously?? Mid day maintenance?? Major facepalm!!

    And while the gesture for delay verifications is much appreciated, some employers are simply that hard-headed and will give the usual “you should consider looking into getting an automobile instead” response.

    • I unfortunately agree with this. When I’ve been late to work the past few years, it’s never been on days when I’ve had to drive or carpool. It’s always been Metro. So much so that I just shrug and say, “Metro…” when I’m late. Luckily my boss is cool about it. I’m still obviously a huge supporter, and most days I take Metro (unless there’s field work to do). But it’s really unreliable.

      • Same here actually, never been late driving, but quite often with transit. I only use public transit on weekdays because the Expo Line can actually compete with the automobile during rush hour and my employer pays me to not drive during the week. But before my driving days, I always kept being told that I really should consider getting a car, and they were right.

  4. Today the Blue Line was delayed 15 minutes, as usual. The announcer blamed the Red Line outage. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. (I wonder what tomorrow’s 15-minute delay will be blamed on.)