Thursday, July 15, 2010

LA Metro Blue Line weekend service to be impacted by Expo Line work

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Metro Blue Line passengers in Los Angeles will experience travel delays of up to 40 minutes this coming weekend beginning Friday night, July 16, due to construction of the Expo light rail line, which will connect with the Metro Blue Line in downtown Los Angeles. Special Metro Bus service will parallel the train route during the construction work.

Work will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and continue until Monday morning, July 19. Metro expects to have the Metro Blue Line service restored by Monday before rush hours between Washington and 7th St/Metro Center Stations. Should any unforeseen delay occur, the bus bridge will continue in operation with buses running between Washington and 7th/Metro Center stations.

The Metro Blue stations affected will be San Pedro, Grand Avenue, Pico/Chick Hearn and 7th/Metro Center. Rail service from Washington Station to Long Beach Transit Mall will not be affected. There also will be Metro personnel at Washington and 7th/Metro Center stations to help direct patrons.

The Expo Line is a new 8.5-mile light rail line under construction from downtown Los Angeles to Culver City. It will share tracks and two stations with the Metro Blue Line along the Flower Street portion of the alignment.

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