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Metrolink trains systemwide may be delayed by water main issue

October 31, 2012 | 12:40 pm

Metrolink trains may be delayed by water main issue

Metrolink officials are warning of possible systemwide delays after a complication with a water main near Union Station.

Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said that the agency was notified of a problem with a water main near the area where Riverside Drive crosses the Los Angeles River about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday and that Twitter messages were sent out as a preemptive strategy to warn passengers of the issue.

One of the Twitter messages encourages passengers "to take an earlier train in order to reach their final destination on time."

Johnson said the potential delays stem from work that crews from the city's Department of Water and Power probably need to do to fix the issues with the water main. He said he was not sure how long those delays might last.

The DWP "will be doing work and will likely take one of our lines out of service," Johnson said, referring to Track 4, which has the Antelope Valley and Ventura County lines. Johnson said those trains will be diverted to other tracks but that "it may cause delays systemwide."

"We were notifying riders on the holiday if they were already leaving work early to be with their families, then they might want to take advantage of that," Johnson said, adding shortly after noon that Track 4 was still in service and had not yet been shut down.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in an email that the water main break is not affecting Metro's rail service.


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Photo: Metrolink passengers deboard a train last year at Union Station. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times