Gold Line riders facing 20 minute delays today *

Metro is blaming work on power lines in Highland Park for delays of up to 20 minutes that will last through the early evening. The transportation agency had earlier said it expected Gold Line rail service to return to normal by rush hour but now trains are expected to run behind schedule until 6 P.M. or 7 P.M., according to spokesman Jose Ubaldo. The Gold Line trains are operating with more cars, and the agency is asking riders to spread out along the platforms to board the trains.

In addition,  today’s extreme heat has forced Metro to reduce the top speed of its its trains on the Blue, Green and Gold lines to 45 miles per hour, delaying service by about five minutes.  “This is only precautionary, with safety first in mind,” Ubaldo said. “The rail is metal and has been expose to the heat all morning long.”  The lower speed limit will remain in effect until 8 P.M. The trains average top speed is 55 miles per hour (35 on city streets), Ubaldo said.

* Update: Gold Line trains were running back on schedule and on two tracks, Ubaldo reported shortly after 9 P.M.

Photo from Metro.net

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