Trains running every 20 minutes May 19-26 on A and E Lines for urgent track repair work

UPDATE: Trains will resume normal service starting Thursday, May 26.

 

Work to repair A (Blue) and E (Expo) Line tracks near Pico Station will take place from Thursday, May 19, through Thursday, May 26. We did the first half of the work in April to fix settlement issues with the tracks and to stabilize them.

The work requires closing one track near the station. From May 19 through May 26:

•A Line trains will run every 20 minutes from the start of service until the end of service. At Pico Station, all boardings will be on the north side of the platform.

•E Line trains will run every 20 minutes from the start of service until the end of service. At Pico Station, all boardings will be on the north side of the platform.

•The Metro 30 Line bus will detour around the work.

Eastbound buses on Pico  Boulevard will turn left at Figueroa, right on 12th Street, right on Grand Avenue and then left back onto Pico.

Westbound buses on Pico will turn right on Olive Street, left on 11th Street, left on Flower Street and then right back onto Pico.

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3 replies

  1. Here we go again. A couple questions for you. Why wasn’t this project being done during the renovation back in 2019, or at evening and weekend to minimize the impact on rail service? How many track work left to done to make the track fully operational? Based on the experience last time, it would be a mess in rail service again and the track work could take longer than you originally planned.

    • Hi MTA Rider;

      This is a new issue that wasn’t a problem back in 2019. We’re single-tracking around the work and doing considerable work on the tracks. There’s no way to open the track in the evenings and mornings, unfortunately. We know this is impacting riders but this approach allows us to get the work done as quickly as possible.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. This is extremely frustrating. I was typing this as I sat on a six-something-AM Blue Line train (yes, I refuse to refer to it as an “A” Line train). By the time we crossed the Long Beach border into Compton, nearly every seat in my carriage was full.

    I understand that last time the emergency repairs came as a surprise. But this continuation work…you can’t just bring this on people, informing about it on Twitter a couple of days in advance.

    If Pico and its surroundings are down to using one track only, why not arrange shuttles from Grand/LATTC or Washington stations to retain an acceptable interval between trains. Or do what you did last time, have everyone do an over platform change at one of the stations before DTLA. Please don’t impose 20 minutes between trains on the WHOLE LINE.

    This just proves to me that Metro execs are out of touch and do not ride the vehicles of the company they work for. Also a sad reminder how far behind US, and especially LA, public transportation is from the networks found in civilised countries. Not just unsafe and unsanitary, but irregular, too.

    I need to learn how to drive.