Continued violence at demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis were wreaking havoc with LA Metro’s schedule Sunday, causing interruptions to train service around the downtown Los Angeles area.
Metro officials said Sunday afternoon that they planned to operate all bus and rail lines Sunday night, during the second night of curfews in Los Angeles as a result of violence that broke out during weekend protests.
But after demonstrations developed Sunday afternoon at Pershing Square and in downtown Long Beach, Metro announced that Blue Line trains would not run in those areas.
Blue Line trains are running between the Del Amo and Grand/LATTC stations.
Expo Line trains are running between the 26th Street and LATTC/Ortho stations due to police activity in Santa Monica.
Red and Purple Line trains are skipping the Civic Center, Pershing Square and Seventh St/Metro stations.
For the latest updates, check twitter.com/metrolaalerts/.
L.A. Metro resumed all bus and rail service at 5:30 a.m. Sunday after suspending service Saturday night in all protest areas. The transit agency took Saturday’s action “to ensure the safety of both the public and LA Metro employees,” Chief Executive Officer Phillip A. Washington said.
Metro officials apologized to transit customers who were stranded as a result of the suspension in service.
“We have taken this action out of utmost concern for the public and our employees during the growing severity of this citywide protest,” they said.
Metro officials reissued some buses to pick up stranded passengers in specific areas of Los Angeles, and staffers made the rounds to notify riders of the suspension and encourage them to make other arrangements as a result of the emergency.
“Metro will assist stranded transit riders as best it can given the grave and unexpected nature of this emergency,” the transit agency stated.
Metro will provide reimbursement for verifiable replacement trips; to redeem, call 323-GO-METRO.
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