Limited D Line service for 30 days begins Monday, March 20, due to Purple Line Extension construction


On Monday, March 20, and continuing for approximately 30 days, D Line (Purple) service will be interrupted due to construction of the Purple Line Extension Project. During this time, the D Line will only run between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont Stations.  

Transfers between the B (Red) and D (Purple) lines will be available at Wilshire/Vermont. This work begins the connection of the existing D Line stations with the new D Line Extension Project. 

D Line will run as a shuttle between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont every 20 minutes with 4-car trains. We’re single tracking on the D Line because of the work. 

B Line service between Union Station and North Hollywood will run every 10 minutes with 6-car trains during midday and every 20 minutes in the early morning and late evenings. After approximately 30 days, trains will return to current service levels.  

The Purple Line Extension Project will extend the subway from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western for nine miles to Westwood. The project is being constructed in three sections. The first section between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega is scheduled to open in 2024. 

Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice. Visit the project website for the most up-to-date information. Metro Trip Planner and 323-GOMETRO are also available to assist riders with their trip planning needs.

Here is the timetable with train schedules during the work:

7 replies

  1. Can you help me understand why the Purple Line Extension Project is affecting service between Vermont and Union Station? Given that the project is an extension from Western towards Westwood, I don’t see how the construction would affect service on the Downtown section of the B/D lines.

    • Assuming it relates to Metro not wanting to run 4-car service to the busier downtown stations. The construction seems to indicate that the western portion of the Wilshire/Western station will be inaccessible (capping station capacity at 4 cars).

      By operating a shuttle service between Vermont & Western, Metro only has to use two 4-car trains for that portion. It would be different if the system (and riders) were used to trains of different sizes on the same line (i.e. SF Muni’s “inbound 2 car Embarcadero” announcements).

  2. “About 30 days” – Cute insurance policy you guys gave each other there. I’ll be sure to add 3 months to that delay just like the 5 month delay (and counting) on that Regional Connector opening.

    • Hi Victor —

      The timetables are not going to be updated because it’s a temporary change. Thanks for your patience.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  3. A lot of frustration that B and D service is going to go back to every 15 minutes after this. It has been this way for over a year. If Metro wants to increase ridership as CEO Wiggins stated in July in her State of the Agency speech, then restoring service on the most critical and used Metro line is absolutely necessary. Is Metro going to just wait 2 more years for this extension to open to restore service? Sure looks like it at this point.

    • People aren’t going back onto the Red/Purple Line until the safety problem is resolved. You can add 5 min frequency on both Line, but as long as the safety issue is still there, riders aren’t coming back.

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