Metro Says Slower Gold Line Service Expected for Weeks in Wake of Thanksgiving Truck Crash That Damaged Equipment

Published : Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 6:18 AM

A Pasadena firefighter surveys the 1:53 a.m. big rig crash on the I-210 Freeway near San Gabriel Blvd. overpass which saw a truck slide on wet roads, crash through the Gold Line retaining wall and end up near the tracks. Image by RMG News

Trains on the Gold Line will be running every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours instead of the six-minute peak service, as Metro crews perform repairs on the line’s signal system damaged by a semi-trailer crash in Pasadena on Thanksgiving Day.

The crash damaged a signal case, which controls the speed and spacing of trains, Metro said. While there is no exact completion date, the repair work – and resulting delays on train service – could take up to two weeks.

Metro is encouraging riders to allow extra time for their commute as trains may be crowded. All trains will run with three cars.

According to reports, the semi-trailer jumped over the I-210 median onto the Gold Line tracks Thursday. To prevent accidents like this from happening, Metro plans to raise the barriers between the 210’s traffic lanes and the tracks, which run down the middle of the freeway.

A status report this month to Metro’s Board of Directors said the I-210 Barrier Replacement Project is forecast to cost up to $20 million, from a previous estimate of $11.08 million, and could take up to Spring 2020 to complete.

Project 1 would be in Arcadia, east of Michillinda Avenue, and Project 2 would be in Pasadena, where crashes like Thursday’s have been frequent.

StreetsBlog LA says there have been four similar crashes on that portion of the Gold Line tracks this year alone, including last week’s.

For live updates on the Gold Line service, visit or follow Metro on Twitter @metroalerts.

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