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Metro Blue, Expo rail lines running again after power outage

September 16, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz
  • Commuters board the Red Line at 7th Street.
Commuters board the Red Line at 7th Street. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)

Metro's Blue and Expo rail lines were back in full swing Monday morning after they were shut down overnight by a power outage.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority reported that just before 5 p.m. Sunday overhead wires on the lines just south of downtown had been damaged, leading to a power failure.

"The lines are hanging low and there is no rail service on the Blue Line from 7th/Metro to Grand and on the Expo Line from 7th/Metro to 23rd Street," according to information posted on Metro's blog, The Source.

Officials said the power went out when a train's pantograph — an arm connecting it to overhead wires — damaged the overhead wire system at Flower and 18th streets. Buses were called in to help alleviate the problems and help commuters.

After 5 a.m. Monday, posts on the agency's Twitter feed read: "Blue, Expo Lines back in regular service" and "Blue + Expo Line will run regular AM service. Earlier issue resolved."

In an item posted on the Source, officials said the repairs were completed overnight.


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