Gold Line track shut down by sagging power line; traffic delays continue

Riders stranded at the South Pasadena Metro station due to a sagging power line on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Riders stranded at the South Pasadena Metro station due to a sagging power line on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Eric Zassenhaus/KPCC

Update 6:18 p.m.: Gold Line trains still affected in Pasadena

Metro says it expects to resolve the issue later Wednesday evening.

Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen, who spoke to KPCC while heading home on the Gold Line, told KPCC trains are currently sharing one track. You can expect delays of up to 20 minutes between Pasadena and Downtown L.A., she said.

"It is taking a bit longer than usual, but luckily, the train is air-conditioned," Chen said.

Metro officials continue to investigatie what caused a power line to go down on the Gold Line.

Crews are working to repair about 1,000 feet of wire that had been damaged near the Pasadena Avenue and Monterey Road rail crossing, according to Metro's blog The Source.

Update 3:34 p.m.: Metro says lines will be affected until 6 p.m. 

The Pasadena Police Department issued the following advisory related to the Gold Line:

One of the tracks on the Gold Line had to be shut down temporarily due to a mechanical problem. Routing the trains onto one track has caused a significant traffic back up around the grade crossings at Del Mar and California Blvds. The problem is not estimated to be fixed until at least 6:00 PM. Please avoid the area if possible.

Update 9:47 a.m.:  Gold Line trains suspended

The Metro Gold Line was suspended Wednesday morning between Highland Park and South Pasadena thanks to a sagging power line above the tracks, according to Metro.

Metro tweet with sagging power line photo

Metro was preparing late Wednesday morning to open one track between the Highland Park and South Pasadena stations, while crews continue to fix the sagging contact lines.  A Metro spokesman says that would allow service between the two stations with 15 minutes delays.

It’s unclear how long it will take to resume full service between Highland Park and South Pasadena.

Metro had already brought in buses and shuttles to take riders from one location to the other. They recommended allowing an extra 30 minutes to travel through the area, while advising that the rest of the line was experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes.

Trains were still running between Sierra Madre Villa and South Pasadena, as well as between the Highland Park Station and Atlantic Station.