Service issues on Gold, Blue Lines on Thursday

Update, 11:25 a.m.: The bus bridge has been canceled and train service has resumed. Train speeds restricted in area of accident due to damage to signal equipment.

Unrelated, loss of power is impacting the Blue Line between Wardlow and Artesia stations and bus shuttles are being put in place. So Cal Edison has told Metro that it expects power to be restored by 3 p.m. UPDATE: regular service has resumed.

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The crash involving a westbound semi-truck happened at about 2 a.m. and did not involve trains. Here’s a brief story in the Pasadena Star-News.

Metro does have a project in the works to raise the barriers between 210 traffic lanes and the tracks, which run down the middle of the freeway. Here is the status from this month’s staff report to the Metro Board of Directors’ Construction Committee:

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6 replies

  1. Pathetic, a “world-class” city with a junior varsity transit system! Build the Gold Line barrier now before someone gets killed! The barrier was reduced from a safer height, I recall, so that the Gold Line would come in under budget–is the person who okayed that still at Metro? If so, isn’t it about retirement time? Same for that councilperson who stumped for that ugly bike-shed project next to iconic Union Station–looks like the FBI and the IRS are thinking Sing Sing for him. Great! He can ride Amtrak from Union Station right to it, since tracks actually run through the “Big House”! And, how about Metro’s LINK promoter who paraphrased MLK’s “I have a dream” speech over and over when pushing for a new Magic Mountain-style train station behind Union Station? The train to Sing Sing also stops at Atlanta where one can get an education about what MLK’s words actually mean to the American dream. To paraphrase another American icon–Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he’s hawking outdated TAP cards!”

    • Both the Gold AND the Green lines should have been underground subway systems, for so, so many reasons, not the least of which is public safety. None of these accidents would ever be taking place if these lines, especially the Gold line, had been built correctly in the first place.

      Also, I read somewhere that noise testing on the platforms right along the freeway came back at unhealthy levels. Why? Because you’re ON the freeway waiting forever for your train, which arrives every 20 minutes, sometimes even less frequently than that. I’ll post a link to the study, if I can find it again.

  2. Da, buy enough re-bar, call a local cement company and put up the wall. Better yet, buy enough steel beams strong enough to stop a truck and bolt them together. Study one and study two completed next summer is just more stupidity from the Mickey Mouse MTA. This is the agency that fired all the upper level management from the RTD that knew how to operate a transit agency since most came up thru the ranks from Bus Operators and Mechanics in favor of test book idiots who have no idea how transit should be run. Can’t wait for their realignment plan which will probably increase the number of transfers needed to reach ones destination. And then they wonder why passengers are abandoning them.

  3. What, $20 Million to protect Gold Line and freeway travellers on the I-210 section? Come on, $20 Million is chump change given Metro’s Measure M–the Forever Tax. Moreover, a jury might come up with a much higher figure if there are multiple fatalities–as in a tour bus–the next time around. “Ask not for whom the bell tolls” Metro. “It tolls for thee.”—With apologies to John Donne