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California officials order L.A. track, train protection system repairs


The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has directed the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) and Expo Construction Authority to replace a piece of track at the LACMTA Metro Expo and Blue Line junction, and fix an automatic train protection system.

The two agencies “will work closely to develop and implement a plan that satisfies the concerns of the CPUC,” said LACMTA Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy and Expo Construction Authority CEO Rick Thorpe in a joint statement.

“Our first step is to correct a defect in a small portion of the track commonly called the ‘frog’ as it relates to the junction where the new Expo Line meets the Metro Blue Line at Washington and Flower near downtown Los Angeles,” they said, adding that that work was completed July 13.

Separately, the agencies will ensure the train protection system is operating as required by the CPUC. The automatic train protection system has not worked properly since the line opened in April, according to a July 17 report in the Los Angeles Times.

“We want to assure the public that Metro and the Expo Construction Authority have been monitoring these issues for some time, and at no time was safety every compromised,” said Leahy and Thorpe. “Trains have made over 10,000 trips through this junction area traveling less than 10 miles per hour. Daily inspections continue while we resolve this issue with the CPUC.”

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