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Blue and Expo line service resumes after fire disrupts operations in downtown L.A.

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A small fire interrupted Blue and Expo line service in downtown L.A.
(Los Angeles Times)

The Blue and Expo lines returned to normal operations Friday after a small fire at the 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles disrupted train service.

Crews completed emergency repairs overnight to a signal system and interlock switch machine, Metro said. The equipment was damaged Wednesday night by a fire that erupted in an area where out-of-service Blue and Expo line trains turn around, according to Metro.

The fire forced Metro officials on Thursday to shut down service for the two lines between the 7th/Metro Center and Pico stations.

The Blue and Expo trains were arriving every 10 to 12 minutes, instead of every six minutes, Metro said.

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Riders who planned to take the Blue line to Long Beach were advised to board platform 2 at the 7th/Metro Center Station. Expo line riders who were headed to Santa Monica should board platform 1 at the station.

Metro is investigating the cause of the fire.

veronica.rocha@latimes.com

Twitter: VeronicaRochaLA

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