Broken Red Line Train + 400 Passengers + Rush Hour
Photo by Simon Shek via Flickr
On Tuesday night at 5:23 p.m., a train heading towards the Valley got stuck between Hollywood and Universal City. For 80 minutes, one half of the tracks was out of service while Metro engineers tried to figure out what stopped the rush-hour train with around 400 passengers aboard. Metro officials called the situation "extremely rare," but reports from frequent riders say a 40-minute delay happened on Monday evening as well.
Eventually, a "rescue train" was deployed to bring the stuck passengers to their Valley destinations. When Metro "rescue" personnel arrived on the other tracks, they matched up the doors and carefully transfered patrons from one train to another.
Meanwhile at the Hollywood/Vine station, the platform filled with people waiting for a train to come that by schedule should have been arriving at least every 12-minutes. According to Metro, announcements were blasted through station P.A. systems and a notification was displayed on the new LCD screens in rotation with the usual announcements. According to witnesses at the Vine station, no such message was displayed and when the audio announcements were heard over the speakers, what was said was unintelligible. However, "slight delay" was heard in the mix, which made people curious as they waited for over an hour.