In the picture, you can see that the train was travelling southbound on Flower Street and the car also travelling southbound, not realizing that a train was coming from behind, made a left turn at Venice Boulevard in front of the train, completely disregarding the solid red arrow and the flashing train signal. Some people are idiots.
Rail obstructionists should accept the fact that at-grade rail deserves as much chance as the at-grade automobile.
So 2 crashes in 2 days since they started running test trains during regular service hours?
Also, there was 6 people in the Mercedes C250... Something tells me the driver ignores a lot of traffic rules and this is not the first time he ran a red light
Actually, no, the first crash was in early March, which never made the news. Also, the prerevenue test trains started running on regular schedule only today.
6 people in a car = possibly distracted driver. Alcohol is also always a possibility, especially on days like Saint Patrick's Day. Ignorant driver? Definitely yes.
It was St. Patrick's Day--good point. I'm very curious to see if alcohol was involved. It did seem that they removed the car and had service (er, testing and Blue Line service) mostly restored quite quickly; about four hours.
By now many have received the "Expo E-News Spring 2012." This is the kind of public relations piece they've needed for a long time. It's easy to go jaundiced on the project when the projections are unclear and a nagging signaling problem seems to hold everyone hostage. But the writers of this piece did a nice job putting a postiive and friendly face on the effort thus far. Not minimizing the challenges and shortfalls--I still want to applaud this communications effort!
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We were told yesterday when we were riding the Expo Line that they were six USC students and had the brand-new Mercedes for only 18 minutes. In response to this accident, Metro has now required all nearby auto dealers to give flyers to new owners, cautioning them about light-rail safety. So, if you buy a car from a Downtown dealer, you will now get a light-rail flyer. The six USC students, who ran the red light and hit the train, are now doing OK.
Likewise, they noticed that the trucks were using the carpool ramp that crosses the tracks on Flower St and the truck association was notified so that the truckers stop doing that.
He posted it in the wrong thread and I wasn't aware of it as a result. A crash reported in the news is not a "project development."
I posted it in the main thread "Exposition Light Rail Line Project Developments" as it relates to the Project Development since the Expo Line is not operational yet - it is still "Developing..."
We've been posting the accident news at this thread. It's much better for reference purposes if subjects are appropriately grouped. This also applies to bus-route discussions -- they don't belong to the Phase 1 project developments thread but the Expo bus thread.
Note that Phase 1 project is finished now except for Farmdale and Culver City. We also have a thread here for Phase 2 construction.
As if the public isn't already skeptical about the brand-new Expo Line, it broke down tonight due to a traction-power failure at Farmdale, leading delays up to an hour. Some of the passengers said that they would never take the train again and use the bus instead, while others tried to make the best out of the bus bridge. One advantage of the bus bridge was that it let people get off at places where the train doesn't stop, such as Arlington, Farmdale, and Hauser.
Waiting for the bus bridge at Western Avenue, with the bus bridge just arriving:
A Crenshaw Station platform crowded with stranded passengers:
Disabled train, apparently due to lack of overhead power, at Farmdale:
Since the train was disabled at Farmdale, gates of Farmdale stayed down indefinitely:
La Cienega Station also getting busy because of disruption of service:
Train, waiting away from platform at La Cienega possibly because of single-tracking:
This PDF document explains why lightning arresters fail, leading to power outages, and how to easily diagnose for potentially failing overheated ones using an infrared thermometer or camera.
Metro's handling of the breakdown yesterday was poor. First they said they would single-track but they didn't and used a bus bridge. For some people the bus bridge never arrived. Others were told to change platforms at Western. There were reports of people walking in the right-of-way. There were many frustrated and angry passengers.