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8 Things to Know if You're Taking the Blue Line Today

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Thanks to what Metro is calling a "major" issue at daybreak today with the electrical system that powers the Blue Line, commuters planning to catch a ride on the rail line that connects Downtown and Long Beach this evening and tonight should know that while trains are running, it is not business as usual.Metro has announced the following regarding late afternoon service on the line; they also add that things can change "due to [the] dynamic nature of incident" and urge riders to check in with them online or via Twitter @metroLAalerts:

  • Beginning around 3pm, Blue Line trains will run approx every 10 minutes between 7th St/Metro Ctr & Imperial/Wilmington (Green Line transfer) and every 20 minutes between Imperial/Wilmington & Long Beach Transit Mall.
  • Extra Silver Line service will be added between Downtown LA & Harbor Fwy Station as an alternate for Downtown passengers heading back to Green Line.
  • There will be no freeway express upcharge on any Harbor Transitway services from Downtown- Silver Line, 450, 460
  • Trains will share 1 track at Del Amo, Wardlow, and Willow Stations. Please check destination signs before boarding.
  • If a delay verification is needed for employer or school, please contact Customer Relations at 213.922.6235 or Fax 213.922.6988
  • Alternate routes are suggested.
  • The Blue Line will be running 12 trains instead of the regular 20, says Metro spokesperson Helen Ortiz Gilstrap, according to City News Service. Riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes this evening.
  • They're very sorry. ("Metro apologizes for any inconvenience and is making every effort to restore normal service as soon as possible."