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Limited Blue Line service restored after outage, delays continue

February 23, 2012 |  9:16 am


Photo: Commuters board Blue Line trains at the Pico station  after a delay Thursday morning due to an electrical outage. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The Blue Line was hobbled by a power outage at its main yard Thursday morning, causing up to two hours of delays for passengers and angering commuters.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been able to restore limited partial service, but the light-rail line connecting downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach was running only every 20 to 30 minutes. Ordinarily, the line runs every six to seven minutes during the height of the morning rush hour.

Officials urged commuters to drive, if they can, or to take alternate bus routes, such as the Metro Silver Line express bus that runs along the 110 Freeway. On its website, the MTA posted alternate routes and dispatched updates on its Twitter feed.

The Blue Line carries about 79,000 people every weekday.

Geoffrey Kerns, 29, had just finished a night shift as an emergency medical technician near downtown Los Angeles and was upset at the long delays at the Blue Line’s Pico Station. He couldn’t get onto the first train he saw because it was too crowded.

He was unhappy at the delays, because he was only able to catch a train shortly before 8:15 a.m., and had to be back at work at 4 p.m.

Before dawn Thursday morning, there was no power on the light-rail stations between the Imperial/Wilmington station in Willowbrook, south of Watts, all the way to the 7th Street/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles.

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-- Irfan Khan at the Pico light-rail station and Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Commuters board Blue Line trains at the Pico Station after a delay Thursday morning due to an electrical outage. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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