Metro Blue Line resumes service to downtown LA

The Metro Blue Line will resume service to downtown L.A. this morning after this weekend's construction work closure, officials reported.

Blue Line trains were not running in downtown Los Angeles this weekend due to construction that will eventually tie the future Expo Line into existing Blue line tracks, said Gayle Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Drivers should also be aware that the eastbound 18th Street will be closed at Flower Street this morning until traffic signal loops are restored – 18th Street is a one-way street that runs parallel to the I-10 freeway, said Anderson.

In fact, the entire intersection at 18th Street and Flower Street will be flashing red and Expo crews will be flagging for an extra layer of safety. The on-ramp at Flower Street to the eastbound I-10 will remain open, however.

The San Pedro, Grand, Pico and 7th Street/Metro Center stations were closed over the weekend during the construction. Buses were provided to shuttle Metro passengers from 7th Street/Metro Center to Washington Station. Rail service from Washington Station to Long Beach Transit Mall was not affected.

The same closure plan will continue for a second weekend beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday night, March 12, and will continue until early Monday, March 15, said Anderson.

Metro will again implement a bus bridge to serve the stations from 7th Street/Metro Center to and from Washington Station. Metro personnel will help direct patrons from the stations to the waiting bus shuttle.

The bus service will run every 15 to 20 minutes on Friday nights. On Saturday and Sunday, buses will run every 5 to 10 minutes and every 15 to 20 minutes after 8 p.m.