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Metro track de-energized to rescue fallen man at Pershing Square

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A train arrives at the subway stop at Pershing Square in Los Angeles, California.

Metro trains on the Red and Purple lines experienced major service disruptions on Monday after a man was found on the tracks in downtown Los Angeles.

The medical emergency occured near the Pershing Square platform around 1:30 p.m. and tracks had to be de-energized to allow LAFD responders and paramedics to safely reach the injured man.  

Firefighters removed the victim from the tracks and he was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The extent of his injuries, and the circumstances surrounding the incident, are unknown.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told KPCC it was "a preliminary possibility that he may have fallen," according to responders on the scene.

The patient was conscious and not struck by a train, according to officials.


Fare is fair: End of the line for LA subway 'honor system'

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Metro ticket machines at the Hollywood/Highland station in Los Angeles, CA.

Metro will begin locking subway station gates on the Red Line and Purple Line as the transit authority tosses from the train its decades-old policy of "honor system" ticket collection.

L.A. rail-riders will start encountering the locked gates this summer, it was decided Thursday in a vote by the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Notes Metro's blog, The Source:

The Metro Board approved the staff plan on locking gates at rail stations and converting ticket machines completely to TAP. In other words, the ticket machines will no longer issue paper tickets with the conversion set to begin in a few more months.

As the Metro staff explains, the gates WILL NOT be locked all at once. Rather, the agency will aim for first locking the gates at the Normandie station on the Purple Line subway in late summer and then subsequently lock the gates in the remainder of the subway stations over the following seven months.