Saturday, October 22, 2016

Is your Gold Line train late? Blame the heat

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Metro is warning Gold Line passengers to expect delays of up to 15 to 20 minutes tonight after the transit agency slowed down the trains on some parts of the line amid triple-digit temperatures.

“There will be some speed restrictions on sections of the Gold Line, Expo Line and Green Line where power zones are strained or under extreme heat,”  according to The Source, Metro’s news website. “Speed restrictions are precautionary measures during extreme weather conditions to ensure we do not cause damage to the tracks or overhead catenary system, which are at the upper range of heat tolerance right now.”

Train riders on the Expo and Green Lines can also anticipate delays, but they are described as “minor” when compared to what Gold Line passengers expect, especially on the Foothill Extension through the San Gabriel Valley.

Metrolink, which provides regional commuter rail service, has imposed a heat-related 50 mph speed limit on its trains today, resulting in delays of between 10 t0 45 minutes.  Extreme high temperatures can cause to tracks to buckle.

As an added precaution, during periods of extreme cold or hot weather, additional track inspections are performed and heat restrictions are imposed,” said a Metrolink weather advisory.

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