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Metro warns of possible delays on trips to Tournament of Roses

December 29, 2010 |  4:04 pm

The stormy weather is causing transportation officials to warn about possible weather-related delays on the light-rail service to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl.

“When the land is so soaked, that loosens trees and they can fall on the right-of-ways,” said Gayle Anderson, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “There’s so much rain and unusual weather that what can happen, does happen.”

Despite the weather concerns, she still urged the public to consider riding public transit to Pasadena on Jan. 1., as some of the grassy fields around the Rose Bowl will not be opened for parking because of muddy conditions. She said that in addition to Gold Line service, the agency will also supply extra buses to ferry parade attendees from the parade back to Union Station in downtown L.A.

Anderson said parking is available at several Gold Line stations, including Sierra Madre Villa, Del Mar, Fillmore, Mission, Heritage Square/Arroyo, Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park, Union Station, Indiana and Atlantic. Metro is providing 24-hour-a-day service on all Metro rail lines and the Orange Line on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s morning.

The weird weather has caused Metro to suffer significant rail service disruption in the last two weeks. The system has borne an unusually high number of delays caused by rainwater getting into electrical equipment and power outages. On Dec. 18, a power outage interrupted multiple Gold Line power substations, and took one section of track between Mount Washington and Pasadena out of service for nearly a day.

On Dec. 20, wind and rain tangled the overhead power supply lines on the Blue Line, stalling a train at the Gage Avenue crossing in the South L.A. area, forcing one side of the tracks to be out of service for three days. On Dec. 22, a lightning strike in downtown L.A. briefly knocked out power on a section of the Gold Line’s Eastside extension for about 90 minutes during the afternoon commute.

A day later, power was lost at the Red Line’s Westlake station, interrupting subway traffic for about an hour.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II