No closures for the rest of May, but on Memorial Day trains were running at a reduced headway until at least 11 am. It seemed to be no better than every 20 minutes . I would say that it was justified based on the very light holiday ridership, but strange that they wouldn't have announced it.
It was announced... on every timetable. It was a holiday. Holiday = Sunday service.
Yes, Holiday service was announced but this was less than that. I guess that I should have been more clear since not everyone may be familiar with the normal blue line weekend/holiday headways. Trains normally run every 15 minutes starting between 7 and 730 and then start every 12 minutes between 10 and 1030. What I saw was more like every 20 minutes all the way until after 11 am.
Oh, I am familiar. But, there is much larger difference between Monday regular service versus Sunday-Holiday service and... how did you first describe it? Oh, "It seemed to be no better than every 20 minutes ."
Post by bluelineshawn on Jun 2, 2010 18:47:17 GMT -8
It's not just my original description, I would describe it the same way now. It seemed like about 20 minutes, but I didn't time it. I can more or less tell the headway by how often and where we pass trains en route.
Now that we understand each other, let's start over. Any idea why they were running trains less frequently than the published holiday schedule without an announcement?
Yesterday when I drove along the ROW, they were single-tracking along most of the Washington Blvd. segment for some sort of work. I must have caught the end of it, because I didn't see any obstruction, but maybe there was related work on Monday?
Flower Street was completely shut down to traffic from Washington to Adams last night. There was also lots of work north of Washington as well, on Blue Line tracks: not sure if the Blue Line tracks were shut down or single tracked. Doesn't seem to be affecting the Blue Line this morning though.
But, at this time I can only speculate that a train or two may have unexpectedly gone out of service, or that there was a delay elsewhere, perhaps an accident blocking tracks.
I see that the schedule had 15 minute service in early hours and it transitions to every 12 minutes.
Nah. I was riding when I noticed the reduced headway so it was more than just my one train that was late. It was all of the trains that were passing opposite us as well. It didn't appear to be a gap in service, it was more like an even service level that was just less than normal.
I stopped by the site of the Washington Storage Facility today. I saw stacks of rail, but no sign of construction activity. The site of the Pacific Electric Washington Blvd. Line Dept. yard and buildings is now occupied by a restaurant-supply company, so I would presume that the Metro yard will occupy a segment of the PE "Four Tracks of the South" right-of-way. I observed several 3-car trains on the Blue Line; they seem to be running on an almost "Always a car in sight" headway.
Post by metrocenter on Nov 12, 2010 14:06:54 GMT -8
Tie-in work with the Expo Line continues this weekend and next, and Blue Line service will be impacted.
During the affected hours, the Blue Line to/from Long Beach will terminate at Washington Station: there will be no service on Washington Blvd. or Flower Street. Work will be continuous from Friday 9 PM to Monday 5 AM on the following weekends:
Buses will be available to transport Blue Line riders to/from 7th/Metro Center.
Post by bluelineshawn on Nov 13, 2010 17:34:14 GMT -8
I rode today and the buses are much better organized than they used to be. The buses all follow the same route and stop at the same places and passengers know where these stops are. There was only one metro employee around to greet my red line train at 7th/metro, but she was only helping people that asked (as opposed to yelling/bullhorning instructions to everyone). Luckily most pax already knew what to do and exited up the steps leading to platform 1/Hope street when the normal transfer would be up towards platform 2/Figueroa.
Since we didn't go down Flower I couldn't see what they were doing at Washington/Flower but on Washington they did have the tracks out between San Pedro and Washington Station. More booting I guess although not when we drove by.
As far as I could tell ridership was at normal levels for a Saturday morning and most people seemed prepared for the delays.
Post by bluelineshawn on Nov 13, 2010 17:37:52 GMT -8
Also, what sounded like an automated station announcement when I was boarding the red line at Hollywood/Highland advised passengers that needed to transfer to the red line at 7th/metro to use shuttle buses. Oops!
9 pm, Friday, January 21, 2011 to 4 am, Monday, January 24, 2011
Not only next, but if I read your presentation correctly the last. At least for the Expo tie-in. Once they start construction of the layover facility there might be more, but since the tie-in for that is already installed maybe not.