Good news for Blue Line and Expo Line riders: Metro announced today that it will run train service every six minutes across the morning and afternoon peak hours on weekdays.
The Expo Line has been running every six minute trains during the peak of the peak hours and every eight minutes during the remainder of the rush hour. The change, to take effect Monday, Nov. 4, is intended to help reduce some over-crowding Metro has experienced. All trains will be three-car trains. Additionally, Metro will also extend rush hour service beyond 7 p.m. in response to increased ridership growth during the early evening period.
When the Blue Line resumes full service between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach, all trains will also run every six minutes from end-to-end on the line beginning Monday, Nov. 4. This will result in 10 percent more seated capacity on the Blue Line. In the past, service between Willow Station and downtown Long Beach has been less frequent than the rest of the line.
Because the new plan on the Blue Line requires extra rail cars, Metro is committing to running three-car trains on 75 percent of peak hour Blue Line trains.
Quick background: over the summer Metro announced it would run service every eight minutes on the Blue Line and Expo Line during peak hours instead of every six minutes to help keep trains on time and service consistent. With the Blue Line’s northern half closed for the New Blue Improvements Project, that wasn’t an issue on the Blue Line. But Expo Line riders complained about overcrowding. Metro responded by adding some trains during the peak of the peak and is now returning to the former peak hour schedule.