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Blue Line commuter passengers face delays because of construction work

November 23, 2009 |  7:42 am
Some Metro Blue Line passengers may face delays of up to 40 minutes today because of a problem stemming from construction over the weekend.

The delays are between Washington Station and the 7th Street/Metro Center, officials said. Metro buses are taking taking passengers between the two stations and will stop at San Pedro Street, Grand Avenue and Pico Boulevard terminals.

Tracks were due to be installed this weekend that would connect the Blue Line and the Expo Line.

But after the construction was completed, a test train used the tracks and a problem was reported. That problem is still being investigated, said Rick Jager, Metro Transit Authority spokesman.

There will be delays "until further notice," he said.

This weekend's closure was the first of eight planned station closures over the next four months to allow construction work for the Expo Line, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will connect downtown Los Angeles and Culver City.

Other closures will occur in January, February and March 2010. The Expo Line will share tracks and two stations with the Metro Blue Line along the Flower Street portion of the alignment.

-- Baxter Holmes